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Arrone

Located in the province of Terni, near the Marmore Falls and right in the middle of the Valnerina area, Arrone is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy because it offers a fascinating combination of history, medieval architecture and breathtaking natural landscapes. The history of Arrone begins at the end of the eleventh century, when a Roman nobleman named Arrone, from whom the town takes its name, settled in the area and built the first settlement: a fortified castle. Even today, Arrone preserves the medieval urban layout of the castle, which is the object of great interest for visitors and scholars.

The village is divided into two main parts: the “Terra,” the oldest area located on the top of the hill, and “Santa Maria,” a newer area that later developed to accommodate the growing population. The patron saint of the village is St. John the Baptist (San Giovani Battista) who is celebrated on June 24th and together with the representation of the living nativity scene (during the Christmas holidays) at the ancient castle, is the main local folklore tradition. The church of the same name is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, built in the fourteenth century, famous for its fifteenth-century frescoes, made by artists of the Umbrian school, influenced by masters such as Piero della Francesca and Filippo Lippi. The frescoes depict figures of saints and are a significant example of Umbrian Renaissance art.

Another important church is the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the sixteenth century. Located in the newly formed neighborhood, this church features understated Renaissance architecture and richly decorated interiors, giving visitors an insight into the spirituality and art of the time.

Thanks to its privileged location, Arrone is an ideal starting point for excursions and outdoor activities. The Nera River Park offers numerous hiking and walking trails, allowing visitors to explore the natural beauty of the Valnerina. During the summer, the Nera river becomes the scene of canoe competitions, which attract enthusiasts from all over Italy. One of the most evocative trekking trails starts from the village of Arrone and follows the course of the Nera river, crossing the Nera River Park which offers a great variety of flora and fauna, making the excursion particularly pleasant. Along the way, you can admire several viewpoints that offer spectacular views of the valley and waterfalls. The trail is well marked and leads directly to the famous Marmore Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Europe, with a total elevation gain of 165 meters. The waterfalls are an impressive natural spectacle, created by the Romans to reclaim the Rieti plain and divert the course of the Velino river into the Nera. Upon arrival, you can explore the various viewpoints of the falls.

Arrone is also renowned for its food and wine. The trattorias and local restaurants offer typical Umbrian dishes, prepared with fresh and local ingredients. Among the specialties of the village are olive oil, truffles, mushrooms and fine wines, which represent the best of the Umbrian culinary tradition. Visitors can enjoy these authentic flavors in an evocative setting, surrounded by the historical and natural beauty of the village. This Umbrian village is a true jewel of Italian heritage, able to enchant and fascinate with its timeless beauty.

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