Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, Ferentillo - Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, Ferentillo
On this site, between the fourth and sixth centuries, there was a community of hermits who lived in a cave next to the present church for forty years. The monastery, now privately owned, has been recently renovated and now provides tourist accommodation.
The Benedictine Abbey of San Pietro in Valle is among the main examples of high-medieval art in central Italy.
Restored and expanded in the late twelfth century, it was subjected to further restoration and enhanced by a series of frescoes in the nave.
The church, in a Latin cross, has a nave that narrows towards the transept, which is slightly raised and ends with three apses. The apses and the transept date back to the original eighth century layout. The marble slab altar originates from the ancient presbytery perimeter. Preserved inside the church are some Longobard fragments and five Roman sarcophagi with pagan subjects, except one Asian type which, according to tradition, housed the body of Duke Foroaldo II.
The high altar, located at the centre of the chancel and made with marble fragments dating from the eighth century, has a frontal bearing the inscription Ursus Magister, the first example of a sculpture signed by the author. The bell tower, with a quadrangular layout, rises to five floors divided by brick cornices. The walls have numerous stone fragments from Roman times.
The remaining buildings of the abbey complex, which also probably date back to the twelfth or thirteenth century, are arranged around the cloister