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Castelgiorgio (Terni province)

A town of SW Umbria: 42°42N, 11°59E. Altitude: 559 m. Population in 2003: 2200.

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The main street of Castelgiorgio reminds me very much of the American Midwest.

Castelgiorgio (or Castel Giorgio, as with most names of this type: both are correct) is in a remote corner of Umbria, 20 km west of Orvieto, 8 km south of Castelviscardo and 8 km east of S.Lorenzo Nuovo in the northern Lazio. It is one of the newer towns of Umbria, founded in 1477, when the castle that gave its name to the town was built; and although about 1 km south you can see the castle of Montalfina, parts of which date from the eighth century (but heavily restored in the nineteenth) there's nothing particularly old in town: in fact, most of the town also dates from the 19c.

This and its position on a windswept ridge give a feeling of pleasant wide open modernity to Castelgiorgio. In keeping with that, sort of, for many years the town was mostly known as the site of a training camp for American-style football, run by that sport's Italian federation; in a country where soccer is king, this didn't produce madding crowds or traffic congestion: the comune has remained a nice forested area where people have summer houses and enjoy restful summer vacations.

A projected amusement‑park-cum‑film‑lot on the theme of ancient Rome, called Roma Vetus, was to open in the territory of the comune in 1999, but appears to have gone bankrupt in May 2000.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Castelgiorgio, if briefly, in the course of a walk in the area. In the meanwhile, you might find it useful to read the short section of the Sept. 10, 2000 entry of my diary; for further (and much better) information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.

Frazioni

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 (singular: frazione, literally a "fraction"). In Castelgiorgio there are only two, and I haven't been to either of them, so any links will be offsite:

Casa Perazza • Contrada Poderetto


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