Discovering Giove, Attigliano, Penna in Teverina
Quiet villages, enjoying a splendid view over the Tiber Valley
A trip along the south-west Umbrian border gives you the possibility of spending a calm day permeated by peace and silence, discovering small medieval villages preserving all their essence.
Start off visiting Penna in Teverina where you will be welcomed by the small medieval village, marked by some towers and doors and that still preserves, almost intact, its original structure. The small village was the residence of the Orsini's family who left different traces in the village: visit Palazzo Orsini, one of the main buildings of the village. On the façade you can observe the ancient Orsini's emblem, together with the one of the Arguilara's family, proving the tight links between the two families. Near the palace, there are benches called "fours seasons' benches": the four benches in travertine, coming from the Maerbale Orsini's garden, are surmounted by busts depicting a young woman, an old man, a man and a guy. The four busts could be the portraits of Giulia Farnese, her son Marzio, Vicino and Maerbale Orsini. Another proof of the family is located along the provincial road leading to the village, where at the entrance of the estate once owned by the family, but now belonging to the Marchesi del Gallo di Roccagiovine, are located big statues named "of the Marmalocchi", allegorical figures made by Pirro Ligorio, the creator of Villa d'Este gardens. The flat-shaped rose at the base of the structure makes sure that the ownership can be surely attributed to the Orsini family.
From Penna in Teverina, head to the near Giove where you can see another example of a well-preserved medieval village that alternates arches, stairs, counterforts. The village is surrounded by the remains of the castles' beautiful walls and marked by the impressive Palazzo Ducale (The Duke Palace), dating from the 17th century, before belonging to the Acquarone's dukes, with a considerable lodge and a unique spiral staircase which can accommodate coaches. In the heart of Giove, visit then the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, finished in 1775: within it observe the suggestive Madonna in Gloria that is located on the apsis. It is a panel from the end of the 15th century inserted into a magnificent stucco's frame decorated by cherubs. Along the road to Amelia rises the Church of San Rocco, now War Memorial preserving a cycle of frescos of a Foligno school, depicting sacred scenes.
Now move to Attigliano, a castle of late-medieval origin whose walls are still partially recognizable, a feud of the Orsini's and Colonna's families, located in a panoramic position on the edge of a terrace dominating the Tiber's valley. The fascination of the castle is undisputed, even if are left only some tracts of the walls, six towers and the entrance portal, dating from the 15th century.
The peace of this village will lead you in a journey through time: you can imagine the moat bordering the castle and the noble families, who for years competed for the village because of its controlling position over the Tiber, by crossing the bridge with the coach. The city symbol is the Dolphins' Fountain located in the Attigliano principal square, made in 1885.