Author's posts of Salvatore Tony Spiga

23 Feb 2022

Porta Postierla, renamed Soliana or the Rocca

Tutti gli articoliPORTA  ROCCA To the early twentieth century traveler Olave Potter the entrance to Orvieto through Porta Maggiore was anything but cheerful, for the arch was gloomy and the road within dark and steep. Porta Rocca, located at the very tip of the tufa mass, almost seems suspended over the underlying valley through which […]

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23 Feb 2022

the ruins of the ‘Conventaccio’

A few kilometres from the Monte Nibbio pass, in a dominant position over the Chiani valley in the direction of Orvieto, are the ruins of the ‘Conventaccio’. Of the imposing structure, whose original function is unknown, we can see the remains of a quadrangular wall, built with square ashlars of grey stone arranged in regular […]

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23 Feb 2022

The parish church of Bagni

The parish church of S. Giovanni Battista is located in the upper part of the village of Bagni, along the road that leads from Orvieto to Ficulle. The church is part of a complex of buildings, including the rectory house. It has a simple plastered façade ending in a tympanum and has a round-arched portal […]

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27 Jan 2022

church of the Good Jesus

The church is close to the monastery of the Poor Clares and was built thanks to a bequest of Muzio Cappelletti, a rich merchant of Allerona. The laying of the first stone took place on June 19, 1618 in the presence of Bishop Giacomo Sannesio and the consecration in 1740 by Bishop Giuseppe dei Conti […]

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23 Jan 2022

Church of Saint Bernardino

Along the Via Soliana is the church of San Bernardino, an important example of Baroque architecture in the city of Orvieto. The church is grafted into the little space left free between the pre-existing Palazzo Crispo Marsciano and the rooms of the monastery that, together with the adjoining oratory, was founded starting from 1462 at […]

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20 Jan 2022

Poggio Montone and its history

Poggio Montone, a hamlet of the Municipality of Orvieto known for the calanco that takes its name, is located in Montone[1]. Until the last decade of the nineteenth century, it had a part in a hilly position, Poggio Montone, and a part in a flat area, Pian Montone, a toponym that has now disappeared. Despite […]

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11 Apr 2020

Cliff and man-made caves

Cliff and man-made caves The southern side of the Cliff, with the many man-made cavities that open onto the valley below,  gives us a chance to see what is hidden inside the volcanic mass on which the city stands.  Originally these caves did not communicate directly with the outside world but as time passed parts […]

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10 Apr 2020

The Cave of the “Fossil Tree Trunks”

The Cave of the “Fossil Tree Trunks” The Cliff of Orvieto contains countless treasures and one of the most fascinating is the evidence of a far-distant past, way before man appeared on the scene. In some of the caves in the sides of the tufa cliff there are cylindrical cavities, some in a vertical position, […]

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09 Apr 2020

THE NECROPOLIS OF CROCEFISSO DEL TUFO

The necropoli of the Etruscan city of Velzna were explored at various times in the course of the nineteenth-and twentieth-century and supplied us with fundamental evidence concerning the development, prosperity and decline of the Etruscan center. The necropolis of Crocefisso del Tufo, named after a rock-cut chapel close by, stretches out along the northern slopes […]

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02 Apr 2020

church of S. Domenico

CHIESA DI S. DOMENICO= Everyone thinks the church of San Domenico was the first church founded by dominicans. It was built over an ancient pagan temple. It was built with three naves but only the apse and the transept remain. The rest of the body of the church was demolished in the first half of […]

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