The town Vallo di Nera
Among the many monuments one can see at
Vallo di Nera, the church Chiesa di Santa Maria
place of honour. It was built during the 13th
century after the
style of the Franciscan churches without aisles and with a trussed roof.
The fašade is entirely of stone, adorned with a pointed portal, a rosette and a
The inside is richly frescoed with paintings of the Giottesque school, among
which deserve special attention ''The Procession of the Bianchi
from 1401, carried out by Cola di Pietro
, and the ''Martyrdom
of St Lucia
'', a work from the 15th
The other frescoes are carried out by painters belonging to the Umbrian school
of the first half of the 14th
century and other Umbrian masters of
century. Another important work kept in the church is the ''Madonna
'' (Maria lactans), which is considered one of the
masterpieces of the Maestro di Eggi
Above the presbytery rises an impressive, square bell tower and still today the
bell-ringer masters toll the bells by hand.
The Church of St John the Baptist
was built between the 13th
and the 14th
century in Romanesque style and partially restored in
century, to which date back the fašade, the portal, the
rosette and the campanile.
The most important frescoes are all in the apsidal basin where the painter Jacupo
in 1536 painted the wonderful frescoes ''Coronation of the
and the ''Death of Our Lady''
, inspired from the works by Filippo
in the apse of the dome of Spoleto
Near Vallo di Nera one can see an interesting evidence for the antique
anchoritic vocation of this place, the monastery Santa Maria Ugonis
which was found by the monks from Vallombrosa. The church is mentioned
beginning from the 9th
century and rises on the ruins of an even
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