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A Frazione of Terni

A town of S central Umbria, a frazione of Terni: 42°36.5N, 12°35.2E. Altitude: 420 m.

[image ALT: Seen from above, a sort of courtyard with a wall of rough stone and mortar masonry pierced by a pair of doors; the door on the right is of stone and ogival, clearly of the late Middle Ages. Small trees and vines are growing in box planters on the pavement of the courtyard. It is a street scene in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

Cesi is a village in the comune of Terni that far more people see than go to: stretched out lengthwise along a narrow contour on the stiff slopes of M. Torre Maggiore, the town dominates the Terni basin, that includes San Gemini and the Roman town of Carsulae; but though it is a striking sight, clinging to the very steep slopes of a small mountain, you usually see it from a speeding train or from the highway below: you're going somewhere else, and Cesi is just a decorative backdrop.

Like most of the old towns of Umbria, it's an interesting place, though:

[image ALT: Cesi (central Italy).]

[ 3 churches, 2 pages, 9 photos ]

Like any self-respecting town in these parts, no matter how small, Cesi has churches; and I've seen some of them, sort of. If you're expecting Madonnas and frescoes, I hope you won't be disappointed to find carved stones from Roman tombs instead. . . .

[image ALT: missingALT in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1 page, 3 photos ]

The North gate: pictures.

[image ALT: missingALT in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1 page, 8 photos ]

Roaming thru the town: another little photo album, with more stone; Roman, medieval and Renaissance.

[image ALT: A painted surface with a blazing sun in the center and above it, scrollwork with roses. From the center of the sun a stylus pokes out at an angle. It is a detail of a sundial in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 1 page, 1 photo ]

And just in case you're wondering where I got the longitude and latitude figures at the top of this page, here's an attractive sundial in town.

(For a more informal look at the raw material of these pages, with information that can be useful to anyone walking or driving the area, see the Nov. 5, 1994 and Sep. 21, 2000 entries of my diary.)

[image ALT: missingALT. It is a view of Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

An idea of the views from Cesi: west over San Gemini.

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Page updated: 22 Feb 22