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Stroncone (Terni province)

A town of S Umbria: 42°29.7N, 12°39.5E. Altitude: 451 m. Population in 2003: 4500.

[image ALT: A walled medieval hilltown glowing in the sunset, with several towered churches visible. It is the city of Stroncone.]
The city at sunset, seen from the road to Terni.

Stroncone is a very attractive hill town of Umbria towards the confines of the Lazio, 9 km south of Terni and 15 km east of Narni.

The town is one of the quintessential medieval hilltowns of Umbria, with a full circuit of walls and several beautiful churches, often with interesting baroque stucco work by the Grimani brothers: among which the Romanesque church of S. Nicolò with a good door; the chapel of S. Giovanni Decollato, S. Michele Arcangelo; and outside the compact nucleus of the town, the monastery of S. Francesco which houses a number of good medieval works of art.

Still, it's the town itself that is the star: a maze of narrow streets that still have their corner lanterns, medieval wells, Renaissance fountains, towers, and for all that, suddenly you may come to the Rieti gate to find yourself over­looking a panorama of uninhabited pine forest.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Stroncone twice, although too briefly each time: I hope I get to go back. For now, the comune appears on my website as the location of the beautiful but badly damaged and neglected church of S. Simeone. In addition to the more formal information provided in the websites in the navigation bar below, for the town itself, you should also find it useful to read my diary entries, with 2 more photos, for Oct. 13, 1997 (more details on S. Simeone as well) and Aug. 13, 2000.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Stroncone 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 haven't been to any of them yet, so any links will be offsite: starting with a catchall page for the four of them at Pro Loco Stroncone.

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