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Valfabbrica (Perugia province)

A town of northeastern Umbria: 42°9.6N, 12°35.6E. Altitude: 288 m. Population in 2003: 3500.

[image ALT: A view of a narrow asphalted street, just barely wide enough for a car to squeeze thru, running between old stone houses. The house on the left has two Gothic-style doors with pointed arches. The street turns left in the background, about 8 meters from the viewer: facing us there, another house with a small turning staircase, decorated with flowerpots, leading to a front door about 2 meters above the level of the street. It is a view of a street in the medieval quarter of Valfabbrica, Umbria (central Italy).]

A typical street in the old "Pedicino" quarter.

Valfabbrica is a village on the upper reaches of the Chiascio river, about 12 km N of Assisi yet worlds away in its remoteness and quiet, despite lying on the main road from Perugia (29 km SW) to Gualdo Tadino (24 km NE).

This remoteness was hard earned, since the middle of a triangle between Assisi, Gubbio and Perugia was not the place to be in the Middle Ages: after being razed to the ground in 1202, the town was provided with a new set of walls later in the 13c. A crenellated clock tower of that period is the most visible monument in town, at the edge of the tiny medieval quarter of the Pedicino; but the territory of the comune includes several interesting medieval churches, among which the Madonna del Chiascio, and the former abbey of the Assumption (Pieve di S. Maria Assunta) with a very beautiful fresco of the school of Cimabue depicting the Deposition of Christ.

My visit to Valfabbrica was brief but I systematically slogged thru the place in the rain; in addition to the formal pages below, you may find it useful to read the Apr. 16, 2004 entry of my diary. For further information, see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.

Most of what I can show you (until my next trip) is now up and running:

[image ALT: A single-story building, with dreary stuccoed walls; it is about 4 meters wide and not much deeper, with a small circular terracotta rose window over the door. It is a view of the church of the Madonna delle Foci in Valfabbrica, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 7/30/04: 4 churches, 10 pages, 27 photos ]

I believe I saw all of Valfabbrica's churches, or to be more precise, all those in the town itself: not those in neighboring hamlets.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Valfabbrica includes in its territory some smaller towns and hamlets, usually 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.

Casa Castalda • Coccorano • Collemincio • Giomici • Monte Verde • Poggio Morico • Poggio S. Dionisio

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