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S. Giustino (Perugia province)

A town of N Umbria: 43°33N, 12°10.6E. Altitude: 335 m. Population in 2003: 10,400.

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A capital in a small 18c church in town.

San Giustino is a small town in the upper valley of the Tiber at the very northernmost edge of Umbria, on the road from Città di Castello (13 km southeast) to Sansepolcro in Tuscany (5 km northwest).

The principal monument in S. Giustino is the Palazzo Bufalini, a small medieval castle reworked by Vasari and currently in the last stages of restoration. Open to visitors only on weekends, it contains a good collection of paintings: two Madonnas, one attributed to Luca Signorelli, another to Andrea del Sarto, and several works by Guido Reni.

Such reputation as the town itself has, however, is eclipsed by some Roman remains found near Celalba, identified, in the popular mind at least, as the villa of Pliny the Younger — the place is now called Colle Plinio — and by the curious fame of the tiny frazione of Cospaia: from 1440 to 1826, despite its power­ful and warlike neighbors, this tiny strip of land, about 500 meters wide, was a sovereign state — and a notorious smugglers' nest — until it finally was forcibly annexed by the Papal States.

A proper website may eventually appear here, since I've twice visited S. Giustino and its area, although each time only in passing. In the meanwhile, you might find it useful to read the brief paragraphs in the Aug. 18/19, 2000 entries of my diary; and for Colle Plinio, Mar. 14, 2004. Some further information is given by the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, S. Giustino 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.

Celalba • Cospaia • Lama • Selci • Uselle-Renzetti

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