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Marsciano (Perugia province)

A town of W central Umbria: 42°54.7N, 12°20E. Altitude: 184 m. Population in 2003: 16,600.

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The Teatro Comunale of Marsciano.

Marsciano is a largish town on the western edge of the floodplain of the Tiber, 20 km north of Todi and 28 km south of Perugia, which will not be of great interest to most visitors, although its 19c parish church (which is said to house a fresco of the school of Perugino and a 13c wooden crucifix) has an interesting astronomical clock. Marsciano is primarily an industrial center: brickmaking above all — a museum of brickmaking and terracotta opened here in 2004 — but also farm machinery and furniture.

The hamlet of Cerqueto, 7 km north, does have a nice parish church notable among art historians for a 1478 fresco of St. Sebastian, the earliest known definitely dated work signed by Perugino.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Marsciano, if briefly, and walked some of the area at one time or another. As a first small step toward that site:

[image ALT: A wide semi-circular niche in a brick wall, containing a decaying fresco of the Madonna and Child. It is a detail of the exterior of the church of S. Maria in Marsciano, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1/20/07: 3 churches, 1 page, 4 photos ]

I've barely seen the churches in the comune; in particular, I haven't been to Cerqueto yet. My churches of Marsciano page, even with its good picture of the astronomical clock, is just a placeholder then, and if truth be told, a sort of checklist for my next trip to Umbria.

I may spin out a few more pages on the town; but in the meanwhile, you will probably find it useful to read the May 16, 2004 entry of my diary, which also includes a photo of an exhibit in the Museo Dinamico del Laterizio, and you'll find some slight additional information about the area under Oct. 20, 1994. For further (and much better) information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Marsciano 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.

The main online source of information for the frazioni is the official site of the comune, where each one gets a little page of its own.

Badiola • Castel Guelfo • Castello delle Forme • Castiglione della Valle • Cerqueto • Compignano • Mercatello • Migliano • Monte Vibiano • Morcella • Olmeto • Papiano (although I've been to Papiano Stazione) • Pieve Caina • S. Apollinare • S. Biagio della Valle • S. Elena • S. Valentino della Collina • Spina • Villanova

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