Nocera Umbra

Nocera Umbra, in the province of Perugia, is very famous for the goodness of its water, brought to Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) in ancient times. The geographical position of Nocera Umbra, with large expanses of mountains, hills and valleys rich in water, has favored human settlements since Prehistory, of which the territory bears significant traces.

Founded by the Umbrians in the 6th century BC, the city was conquered by the Romanswho, in 161 BC., made it one of their Municipalities and an important station on the Via Flaminia. With its perched appearance, the city shows clear signs of its past as a defensive structure, starting from the mighty medieval castle walls. Once past Porta Vecchia you come across the fourteenth-century Church of San Francesco, home to the Art Gallery and the Civic Museum, which preserves frescoes by Matteo da Gualdo, a Polittico of the Alunno from 1483, and works from the Umbrian school. Among the buildings of greatest artistic value is the Duomo, an ancient Romanesque building from the 12th century. Completely rebuilt in 1448, it preserves the beautiful majolica floor of the sacristy and the chapel decorated with paintings from the 1600s. Next to it is the Campanaccio (Civic Tower), an imposing 11th century tower, the only remnant of the ancient fortress, a great symbol of the town, partially rebuilt after having almost completely collapsed due to the 1997 earthquake.

In the historic centre, the church of San Filippo, in neo-Gothic style, is worth a visit; the church of Santa Chiara (13th century), completely renovated during the 19th century, which houses the Nativity of the Virgin, a 17th-century canvas by Carlo Maratta, and the Municipal Theatre, a splendid example of Art Nouveau architecture.

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