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The suburb of Lugnano in Teverina
Lugnano in Teverina is a delicious suburb set to the confinements with Lazio, in the low Tiber valley, from uncertain origins. The first meaningful housing installations probably go back to the last period of the Roman Empire, when the populations withdrew above the actual hill to escape the malaria and to protect themselves from the barbaric invasions.

The city nucleus is magnificently integrated in the landscape, in a healthy and relaxing natural environment. Everything is calm and in harmony, away from the city and daily stress, to the insignia of the full recovery of a balanced relationship with the nature, as it would allow to suppose one of the possible interpretations related to the place name, deriving according to its provenience from the Latin Lucus Jani, the '' Wood of Giano ''.

One of the most interesting buildings of Lugnano in Teverina is certainly the Collegiate of Santa Maria Assunta, a masterpiece of the Romanesque architecture. Its construction goes back to the XII century, on the place where a parish perhaps of the IX century rose. The façade, rich and elegant, is composed by a beautiful arcade supported by four columns, surmounted by a rose window set among two mullioned windows. Also its inside is very suggestive, with a carpet of mosaics that come up to the altar in white marble, coasted along by columns and capitals typical of the Romanesque art. In the apse can be admired a precious tryptych, work of Niccolò Liberatore said the Pupil, representing the Assunta, to whose sides are St. Francis and San Sebastiano. Another architectural element that deserves to be visited is the sixteenth-century Palazzo Pennone, finished from the Cardinal Farnese and actual centre of the Town hall. It's notable its vertical development, that makes it a natural point of city reference.

Not too far from the inhabited centre are found the rests of a Roman epoch construction, ancient of about 2000 years, that can be collocate in the I century, the Villa of Poggio Gramignano. The recovered finds show the base of the walls parts of polychrome mosaics.
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