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Polino (Terni province)

A town of SE Umbria: 42°35N, 12°50.5E. Altitude: 836 m. Population in 2003: 300.

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Renaissance fountain in the main square outside the walls.

Umbria's smallest comune is a tiny cluster of houses hanging onto the side of a hill in a pocket of sparsely populated mountainous terrain at the eastern end of a road from Terni (25 km) and Arrone (11 or 12 km). It was once famous for its silver mines, but they are now exhausted. This rich past is marked by a powerful fortress which once served as the customs house between the Papal States and the Kingdom of Naples, and by the fountain you see above.

To give you an idea of the landscape: as the crow flies, Polino is about 12 km west of Leonessa in Rieti province, but by the road around and thru the Monti Reatini, the distance is 51 km.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Polino, if briefly, walking there from Arrone. As a first step toward that site — a very small one:

[image ALT: A damaged wall painting of a Madonna and Child. It is a detail of the door of the church of S. Michele in Polino, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1/20/07: 2 churches, 1 page, 3 photos ]

This small, remote patch of Umbria has very few churches to see; but on my one swing thru town, I found them closed, so I've barely seen the ones there are. My orientation page to the churches of Polino, is just a placeholder then: a sort of checklist for my next trip.

I may eventually spin out another page on the town; but in the meanwhile, you might find it useful to read the Sept. 3, 2000 entry of my diary, which also includes a good picture of the town's fortress (or Rocca); for further information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.


Polino is one of the 8 or 9 comuni in Umbria that have no dependent towns with enough of an administrative identity to be a frazione.

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