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13 - TORRIONE CIRCOLARE  - (Circular Fortified Tower)

 

 

We are in the second surrounding wall. Built in the XIII century, it has been filled at the end of the XIX century. From here you can enjoy a magnificent panorama: in front of you, you will see the convent of S. Martino and, from right to left, the mount Serano, the mount Brunette and the Subasio. At the base of this last one you will see Foligno and then Spello, Assisi, Bastia and Ponte San Giovanni.

   

 

 

On your left you can admire, on the top of the hill, Montefalco and, on its right, if the sky is very clean, you will be able to see Perugia. The next triangular fortified tower, on the left, is called “il torrione della Neve” (the snow tower). The problem of having ice for the whole year was solved by the ancient Trevani by using this tower, situated to the very north of the hill. When it snowed the Trevani filled it with snow, alternated with layers of straw, so that even in summer they had ice, very important not just to make ice-creams (!) but mainly – and this was the main point to the city council - to cure the sick people. If you turn yourselves toward the city you can see the monument dedicated to the ex-alumni of the Collegio Lucarini who died in the First World War.

 Ancient traditions

In the old time it was not easy, to poor and honest maids, to find an husband. If they had no dowry at all, the marriage would probably remain a dream for all their life. An evidence of it is the large number of dowry given by the charity brotherhoods. A way to make marriages easier was offered by an ancient pagan tradition that took place during the eve of S. Ambrogio (December the 7) and S. Giovanni  (June the 24). The women of Trevi, especially the spinsters, used to make a night procession through the countryside, during which men had the chance to appreciate the beauty of the maids… and sometimes, for some girl, an “accident” would have led directly to the marriage. This tradition was abandoned in 1572 when Ugo Boncompagni, who had fiercely fought against it, became Pope with the name Gregorio XIII (the Pope who reformed the calendar).  This peculiar procession left from the door of the Cancelli, down here on the right, and arrived to the church of Pietrarossa that is located on the other side of the Flaminia street, near that group of industrial buildings. This church deserves a visit.

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Alberto Barbini 1989-2008 - Translated by Bill Thayer ©2010


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