Vallo di Nera

 

 

Vallo di Nera

On a high outcrop on the left bank of the Nera River, Vallo is one of the best preserved castles in the Valnerinaarea, if not of the whole Region, thanks to medieval laws the prohibited the construction of outside porches 
and arches over streets andsquares. 
Still surrounded by strong walls and towers, it retains its original appearance of the 13th century intact. The layout of this town is so peculiar that the cobbled streets wind steeply up the hill as a spiral line, uncovering small corners and charming pink and white stone houses. 
The florid economic situation of the 13th century is witnessed by the presence of no less than three gothic churches(with a maximum total population of 400), and a Franciscan monastery. 
The church of Santa Maria has late 14th century murals depicting a memorable episode: the reconcilement of the factionsof the castle during a religious penitential procession. 
In the church of San Giovanni the apse was entirely frescoed in the 16th century by Jacopo Siculo, a foreign artist who worked extensively in Spoleto and Valnerina.

 

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