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Allerona (Terni province)

A town of southwestern Umbria: 42°48.5N, 11°58E, altitude: 472 m. 1991 population: 1800.

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Allerona, as seen from the road to Villalba.

Allerona is a relatively remote town in the mountains 19 km northwest of Orvieto; 20 km further northwest along the same road, S. Casciano dei Bagni in Tuscany, itself a rather out‑of-the‑way place.

As you might expect, it is stolidly agricultural, appreciated for its cheeses and DOC Orvieto wines, also for its lace and embroidery.

Architectural monuments are few: ruins of a 12c castle, the 15c church of S. Maria dell' Acqua; although just outside the town proper, there are remains of a Roman aqueduct.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've visited the town — although the site will be small since my visit was very brief. In the meanwhile, you may find it useful to read the Apr. 30, 2004 entry of my diary, which includes an additional photo; for more complete summary information, see the sites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.

As a first instalment on that formal site:

[image ALT: An elaborately decorated painted five-part Gothic rib vault: in the center, the Virgin Mary; to the sides rather far away, antiphonal choirs of musician angels. Occasional lily flowers are strewn in the lower part of the sections. It is a view of the vault in the choir of the church of S. Maria della Stella in Allerona, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1/19/07: 2 pages, 10 photos ]

I haven't by any means seen as much as there is to see of the churches of Allerona, but what I've seen I like. The church of S. Maria della Stella in particular, once a bland functional building of the 12c — and still appearing so on the exterior — is remarkable for its interior, a sort of jewel case of late‑19c decorative work.


Most of the comuni in Umbria include in their territories some smaller towns and hamlets, of a few hundred inhabitants if that, with a certain administrative identity of their own: as elsewhere in Italy, these are referred to as the frazioni of the comune. In the case of Allerona, there is just one frazione, which I've crossed on foot but hardly know well:

Allerona Scalo

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