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Parrano (Terni province)

A town of W Umbria: 42°51.8N, 12°06.5E. Altitude: 441 m. Population in 2003: 600.

[image ALT: A small rectangular 4‑story castle, with a main wall-like section now obviously used as living quarters, with modern glazed and curtained rectangular windows, and at either end, a battlemented tower, the one on the left of the same height as the rest, the one on the right about a story taller. It stands on a sharply rising terrain forested with old, larg, pine trees. It is a view of the castle of Parrano, Umbria (central Italy).]

The castello of Parrano.

A relatively isolated village in the hills of the Orvietano, Parrano sits about 9 km northeast of Ficulle, and 13 km east of Fabro on the road to San Venanzo (about 25 km away). It is the 2d‑smallest comune of Umbria in terms of population.

The town is a typical medieval Umbrian village: castle, church, and walls, including two well-restored gates. Nearby, caves with Paleolithic remains: the Tane del Diavolo — open only to expert spelunkers — but also, unless I'm much mistaken, some temptingly unidentified Roman remains; and I've heard rumors of Etruscan stuff, as well.

A proper website should eventually appear here, since I've been to Parrano, if very briefly. In the meanwhile, you might find it useful to read the brief section in the Sept. 15, 2000 entry of my diary, which also includes another photo; for further (and much better) information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.

Frazioni

Like most of the comuni in Italy, Parrano 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. Unfortunately, I haven't been to any of them yet, so any links will be offsite.

Cantone (a very nice site; see especially under "Contenuti") • Frattaguida • Spereto • Pievelunga


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