Cannara

Urvinum Hortense

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Extended to the peak of La Pieve plain,a few hundred meters to the northeast of the Collemancio village (506 m.), it's included in the Cannara municipality.

Urvinum Hortense was a small town hall which occupied a modest ridge (526 meters above the sea level) stretched out the Umbrian Valley, extreme offshoot of the north eastern side of the mountain group of Martani. Included in the "regio VI Augustea", with the residents enrolled in Stellatina tribe, it received a real urban development between the late first century BC and the beginning of the second century A.D.

The village has a large archaeological heritage, mostly becoming a museum, and environmental and equally important natural resources, very little known. The visit to the archaeological area finds essential complement in the Antiquarium of Collemancio and the Museum of the City and the Territory of Cannara, recently opened (2008). 
Within the Museum there are various exhibits hosted from the excavation and the municipality, illustrating the history of the municipal territory from the High Middle Ages origins, (when Urvinum turns into the parish church of Santa Maria de Orbinum - VI IX century BC-), until the modern age.

Since 1995, the University of Perugia conducts regular excavations in the ancient center of Urvinum Hortense. It is a small settlement planned during the second century BC, which becomes Roman Municipality in 90 BC, with the inhabitants enrolled in Stellatina tribes. The excavations have brought to light a village enclosed by walls, partially visible in the western sector of the plain, with a structured urban plan on the axis road linking Urvinum Hortense with Mevania (Bevagna) and Vettona (Bettona). Along the paved section, a temple re-emerged at the center of the plain, of which the rectangular podium is visible (23,80 x 17,80). The building, dated to the second century BC was made using as a unit the Roman foot, corresponding to 29.64 cm. On the northern side you can see the imposing ruins of a cistern and the vast thermal baths covering an area of over 400 square meters, from which the rich polychrome mosaic floor with Nile scenes comes. This was disconnected at the time of the discovery to be better preserved and transferred to Roma in the Roman National Museum, where it remained until the final arrangement in the Museum of the City and the Territory of Cannara. With the abandonment of the settlement in the Upper Middle  Ages, between the sixth and ninth century, there was built a roman church, the church of Santa Maria de Orbinum (Urbino), rebuilt by materials taken from the nearby temple.