Spoleto

The village of Poreta

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In the heart of Umbria, between Spoleto, Campello and the Springs of Clitunno, ensconced in the silver of the olive tree hills, is the settlement of Poreta, formerly a villa, which only became a fortified village in the last years of the 13th century. 

Around the second half of the 15th century, due to frequent raids by bands of brigands, a wall was erected around the ancient village.  Therefore, following the most typical traditions of central Italy, a true urban agglomeration was born, consisting of a few dozen dwellings one on top of the other.  The village became the focal point of a larger settlement scattered between the slopes and the plain of Spoleto.

Around the second half of the 18th century, after an extremely violent earthquake, the castle was gradually abandoned.  Indeed the population built their dwellings outside the walls, using the same stones of those which had been previously destroyed.

The San Cristoforo church, built after the castle, was later dedicated to Santa Maria della Misericordia in honour of a miraculous representation of the Virgin Mary that was inside the church and was not damaged by the earthquake at all.