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Attigliano (Terni province)

A town of SW Umbria: 42°30.7N, 12°17.5E. Altitude: 95 m. Population in 2003: 1700.

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The coat of arms of Attigliano, over the door of the town hall.

Attigliano is a small farm and rail center in the floodplain of the Tiber, 10 km southwest of Lugnano in Teverina, 5 km west of Giove and 18 km from Amelia along the same road. It is also about 10 km from Bomarzo in the northern Lazio (of interest for its very curious Parco dei Mostri, a Renaissance garden with fantastic sculptures). Of all the comuni of Umbria, Attigliano is at the lowest altitude above sea level: whereas almost all the other towns in the area are safely perched on hills, here we're actually on a creek flowing into the Tiber just a few hundred meters away.

The town seems to have been founded in the Dark Ages, and until the mid‑20c much of its medieval walls remained, along with the five towers and the drawbridge of its 16c castle, but neglect led to demolition: only one tower can now be seen.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Attigliano, if briefly. In the meanwhile, you might find it useful to read the brief passages in the July 20 and 22, 2000 entries of my diary, one of which has an interior photo of the church; for further (and much better) information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.

Frazioni

Attigliano may be one of the rare comuni in Umbria that have no dependent towns with enough of an administrative identity to be a frazione: this at least, according to the (now vanished) Arusia website. My DeAgostini guide, on the other hand, lists the hamlet of Caio as Attigliano's sole frazione. I have not been there; local toponymists connect it with the remains of a Roman villa within the territory of the comune, attributing to a certain Caius Popilius, or by my lights, an uncertain Caius Popilius. Stay tuned.


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