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Fratta Todina

FrattaTodina, the ancient Tudernum, is a small town in the heart of Umbria, whose beginnings date back to the Neolithic period.


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The city walls date back to the fourteenth century, while the extension of the castle was built by the condottiere BraccioFortebraccio da Montone in the fifteenth century, to fortify the town. Subsequently, in the second half of the sixteenth century, Bishop Angelo Cesi, further enhanced the splendor of the village by modifying the structure of the castle, bytransforming his residence into a splendid villa and providing the community a location for public assemblies (current seat of the Town Hall). In the first half of the seventeenth century his work was continued by Cardinal G.B. Altieri.Fratta

In the historic center you can admire recently restored buildings and monuments: part of the castle walls, built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Episcopal palace (seventeenth century) and the Parish Church (1654), built by Cardinal Altieri in front of the ancient church of San Savino incorporated into the Altieri palace, of which the apse and other signs next to the bell tower are still visible. Inside you can admire a valuable Deposition by Andrea Polinori (1612), a copy of the one painted by Barocci and preserved in the Cathedral of Perugia.

SpinetaIt is interesting to visit Palazzo Altieri, the most impressive architectural work in thetown. It was built in the second half of the 16th century by the bishop Angelo Cesi, from 1643 to 1654 the cardinal G.B. Under the hand of Altieri, the palace became its most beautiful as he , by extended and improvedits gardens with grandiose and imaginative water features. It houses a gallery with frescoes from the Roman school depicting biblical scenes, which overlooks a small loggia built above  a fountain.

Nearby it is worth visiting the 18th century convent of Santa Maria dellaSpineta, an ancient Franciscan convent, from which you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view which takes in the entire Tiber valley from Perugia to Todi.

For more information, we suggest to visit the follow links:

Pro-loco Fratta Todina
Convento Santa Maria della Spineta

 

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