Cerreto di Spoleto
is a quite particular village with the characteristic physiognomy of a
village, that had to fight for its independence and for its survival for many
centuries. Situated on one of the summits which stand out and open onto one of
the many gorges of the Valnerina
, Cerreto di Spoleto owes its position
and its look to its important strategic role in the Middle Ages. The castle
rose at the confluence of the valleys of the rivers Vigi
with its fortifications and enclosed by a double wall, as was fortified the
village below, too.
Today big parts of the walls of the whole defence system remain visible, one of
the six town gates and a high control tower, that ends in a belfry.
These are the instruments with which
Cerreto had to defence itself for a long time, one moment from Spoleto
next from the Papal States
, and its full
self-government was recognized only beginning from the unity of Italy
The town centre of Cerreto di Spoleto develops in a distinctly linear way, with
a single street crossing the ridge while the smaller streets which start in the
lower zones are directed towards the town centre.
The panorama one can enjoy from its terraces is definitely among the most
charming ones of the Valnerina and of whole Umbria
. From the street
which leads towards the town centre one can admire the mountains, that rise
above the Valnerina, in all their majesty, their luxuriant forests and the
successive valleys, offering to the eyes a really unforgettable view.
The most precious building of Cerreto di Spoleto is the church Chiesa
, that has medieval origins and an aisleless nave with a
stone portal from the 16th
Inside is a beautiful octagonal font in the form of a small temple, with relief
figures from 1546 and ''Our Lady of the Rosary
'' by Felice Damiani
painted in 1583.
Close to Cerreto di Spoleto is the Santuario della Madonna della Stella
(Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Star), an ancient hermitage which is deserted,
but nevertheless the aim of visitors who go to see the cells and the small
church, accessible by steps which were carved into the rock. Nearby the
hermitage a verdant meadow and a pure spring attract locals and tourists who
find a pleasant and relaxing place where they can spend the day in complete
harmony with nature.
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