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Poggiodomo, the hidden beauty
The commune of Poggiodomo is one of the smallest in Italy and the highest in Umbria. The last gathered statistics ascribe to it hardly 172 residents, while it dominates uncontested the summits of the Apennine from its nearly 1000 metres altitude.

The almost complete absence of Poggiodomo in most tourist itineraries makes it a preferred destination for those who don't want to follow the routes of mass tourism, but discover the real face of Umbria, which is hidden between the most secret folds of its valleys.

The mountains and the gorges which surround Poggiodomo hold the real feeling of the mountainous landscape, giving views and scenes which won't be easily forgotten.

Its isolation for a long period favoured the conservation of the local uses and traditions which still today maintain their value, as well as the ancient crafts, that characterized for many time the territory and was the only source of maintenance of the inhabitants.

Its origins date back to the 13th to 14th century when the village centre began to develop around the castle which stood on the spur of a rock. The beginning of its history was connected with the vicissitudes of the dukedom of Spoleto which later was to share the lot of the other communes of the Valnerina.

The historically most interesting monuments for tourists are the parish church San Carlo Borromeo, built in 1635, and the St Paul's church from the 14th century which was restored in 1550 and more recently in 1981, when ancient ornaments were brought to light. The church is richly frescoed. One of the most ancient and particularly interesting portraits of St Rita can be seen on the side of a pillar. Below one can read the name of the client: ''Beatrice''.

In the near hamlet Usigni stands the magnificent church Chiesa di San Salvatore, a Baroque masterpiece by G. B. Bernini. It was carried out between 1631 and 1634 as an aisleless nave with various side chapels.

The interior is richly decorated with frescoes. Of particular value is the altar-piece carried out around the middle of the 17th century by Guidobaldo Abatini and Salvi Castellucci, both of them pupils of Pietro da Cortona.
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