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Montecastrilli (Terni province)

A town of S central Umbria: 42°38.8N, 12°29.2E. Altitude: 391 m. Population in 2003: 4600.

[image ALT: In the middle distance, a small village on the crest of a low hill, with about sixty houses and a single tall church spire on the right; the foreground is plowed fields and an occasional oak tree. It is a view of Montecastrilli, Umbria (central Italy).]

View from the SW, from the road to Avigliano Umbro.

Monte Castrilli (the town's name may be spelled in one word or two) is one of the more characteristic walled hilltop villages of Umbria, 6 km east of Avigliano Umbro, 10 km southwest of Acquasparta and 17 km northeast of Amelia. It is probably one of the younger towns of the region, appearing to date back to the Dark Ages rather than to Roman times, although lapidary débris from Carsulae (about 8 km east as the crow flies) have made their way to several churches in the area: among them the 11c church of S. Lorenzo in Nifili partly constructed out of the remains of a 1c Roman tower tomb, and S. Maria di Ciciliano, both of which are about 1 km out of town.

I've been to Montecastrilli (if very briefly), and walked some of the countryside around it in a great hurry: the comune is one of the little pockets of Umbria I know the least well. The Roman remains and the Romanesque churches mentioned above will probably draw me back for a more careful visit of the area; when that happens, a proper website will appear here. In the meanwhile, you might still find it useful to read the Oct. 22, 1994 entry of my diary, which includes another photo; but for fuller, much better information, you will need to visit the external websites linked in the navigation bar at the foot of this page.

Frazioni

Like most of the comuni in Italy, Montecastrilli includes in its territory 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"): a complete list of them follows. I've only been to Farnetta, so any other links will be offsite.

Castel dell' Aquila • Casteltodino • Collesecco • Farnetta • Quadrelli


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