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Monteleone d'Orvieto


A picturesque municipality in the province of Terni, located on a hill, from where it is possible to admire the Valdichiana and the mountains of Lazio and Tuscany. The territory is crossed by several rivers and is part of Parco del Monte Peglia e Selva di Meana, a vast area comprising three natural environments of interest for its fauna. The town is one of the few in Italy that produces saffron.
There are no certain traces that attest the foundation of the castle, however, local historians agree that it was requested by Orvieto in defense of its borders. The first certain documented evidence, that reports the existence of a settlement here, dates back to the late XII century. Monteleone submitted the domain of the nearby Orvieto for a long time, until in 1373, it passed to the Viscount of Turrena, then to the Earl of Montemarte and at the end of the XIV century, it was sold to Count Francesco Corbara by Pope Boniface IX. After the death of the last heir of the Corbara, the town was ceded to the Della Rovere, until in the XV century, the city of Orvieto, bought it back. During the last years of the XV century, the town was scenario of the disputes between the family of Bandini and the city of Orvieto, a war that ended with the loss of some land by the latter, which, however, retained the possessions of Monteleone and strengthened its defenses. In the XVII century the town was directly involved in the clashes between the Papal States and the Farnese Family and suffered extensive damage. In the XIX century, except for a short period in which it was subjected to French rule, Monteleone d'Orvieto belonged to the Pope

- the Parish Church of SS. Apostles Peter and Paul, located in the main historic center. Inside features three naves and preserves a panel depicting the Madonna and Child with Saints Peter and Paul, artwork of a pupil of the Perugino;
- the XVII century Church of the Cross, recently restored, which features a fine Baroque altar;
- the late XVIII century Church of the Madonna del Soccorso;
- the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena in the district of Santa Maria;
- the Church of San Lorenzo in the homonymous village;
- the Church of St. Christopher, built in 1758 in the district of Colle;
- the Church of SS. Annunziata;
- the Church of St. Anthony;
- the Church of Pian Pistolla;
- the Castle of Brandetto, built in the XI century and rebuilt in the XIV;
- the late XIX century Clock Tower;
- the Cemetery, which dates from the late XVIII century;
- the XVIII century Theatre dei Rustici;
- the medieval North Gate;
- the medieval Watchtower;
- the XIV century Tavern.


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