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Monte­gabbione (Terni province)

A town of W central Umbria: 42°55N, 12°05.5E. Altitude: 594 m. Population in 2003: 1200.

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Monte­gabbione from the N approach on the road to Piegaro.

Monte Gabbione (as with most names of this type, it can be spelled correctly in one word or in two) is a hilltown on the infrequently traveled road from Monte­leone d'Orvieto (4 km W) to S. Venanzo and Marsciano (27 and 37 km E, respectively); another small road leads N to Piegaro (8 km N). Although Monte­leone has two old churches — the 17c Madonna delle Grazie and the Franciscan convent of La Scansola — the town's primary importance was as a defensive bastion at the northern edge of Orvieto's territories: a watchtower of the 12c Rocca remains, now ingloriously used as an electrical substation.

More medieval defensive works can be seen at the nearby hamlet of Poggio della Croce, where some Roman tombs have also been found.

My visit to Monte­gabbione was brief — the patch of blue sky in the photo above didn't hold: I found myself on foot there during a terrific downpour. The town is very small, with only its two churches to see, pretty much.

[image ALT: A small gilt wood or plaster statue of a cherub in a long robe playing a flute. It is an angel musician in the church of the Madonna delle Grazie in Montegabbione, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1/24/07: 2 churches, 1 page, 3 photos ]

The churches of Monte­gabbione: I should eventually be able to spin out a proper page on one of them at least, the pilgrimage shrine of the Madonna delle Grazie; but for now, just a photosampler.

You may also find it marginally useful to read the Apr. 19, 2004 entry of my diary, which includes one more photo; and for further information, more formally historical and detailed, you should see the websites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Monte­gabbione 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.

Castel di Fiori • Faiolo • Montegiove

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