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Sellano (Perugia province)

A town of W central Umbria: 42°53.3N, 12°55.2E. Altitude: 640 m. Population in 2003: 1200.

[image ALT: A circular stone fountain, about 2 meters in diameter, with a 12‑step pyramid in the center, flanked by two griffin's heads. The fountain is dry and the streets around it are deserted: it is a view of Sellano, Umbria (central Italy), evacuated and under reconstruction after the Umbrian earthquake of 1997.]

The fountain in the main square of Sellano.

Sellano is a small town in a rather remote area of the Apennines in the upper valley of the Nera on the eastern edge of Umbria, on the back road from Casenove Serrone (17 km NW) to Cerreto di Spoleto (9 km S).

I'm going to find it very difficult to put up a proper website on Sellano, despite having been there. I saw it in the summer of 2000, three years after the series of Umbrian earthquakes the epicenter of which was often within the comune: as of writing, the town is a totally abandoned mass of débris, although reconstruction of the medieval church and of the Renaissance church of the Madonna della Croce has started. See my brief diary entry for Sept. 20, 2000, which includes a photo showing some of the reconstruction and a link to another photo of the earthquake damage; but 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, Sellano 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.

Apagni • Cammoro • Ceseggi • Molini di Cammoro • Montesanto • Orsano • Piaggia • Postignano • Pupaggi • Villamagina

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