Cerreto di Spoleto
Province of Perugia - Tourist Information I.A.T. tel. 0743-71401, Town Hall Pontano Piazza di Sotto tel. 0743-91412.
Population: 1,167 (Cerretani); surface sq km: 74.80, height above sea level 558 m, Distance from Perugia: Km 76; Tel Dial/Area Code 0743; Zip/Postal code 06040; Train Station (FS Spoleto) 30 km, Motorway/Highway 14, exit at Civitanova Marche or S. Benedetto del Tronto, Autostrada del Sole and Val di Chiana exit Orte.
Hamlets: Borgo Cerreto, Buggiano, Colle Soglio, Macchia, Nortosce, Rocchetta, Triponzo, Ponte.
Cerreto di Spoleto, located on a limestone hill, the San Sebastian, between the Nera River and the Vigi river, surrounded by a forest of oak (cerreto in Italian is oak forest hence comes the name). The town sits guarded by the Valnerina (Nera Valley), placed strategically and with panoramic views. This enviable and defensible position, in the medieval period, made it the subject of bitter disputes between Spoleto and Norcia. Spoleto shared closely the events as part of his duchy and the characteristics of a fortified village show, even today, an accurate picture of what was at the time its military importance. From Cerreto came the so-called "medicine quacks" of the day, who studied natural medicines. It was a way to make ends meet when they could not cure with herbs, supplied me with their "quackery". Their children of whom many became hermits who lived for centuries in the cells and in the caves of the hermitage of Our Lady of the Star, placed in the natural scenery which is the Nera Valley.
At Cerreto di Spoleto the humanist Giovanni Pontano was born.
WHAT TO SEE
In the village with parts of the walls and towers, you will find the church of Santa Maria Deliera that preserves the work of art "Madonna Enthroned" by Felice Damiani and "Madonna del Soccorso", by Camillo Angelucci from Mevale. Nearby, the monastic complex of St. James, which contains fragments of frescos of the 1400’s and 1300’s and where the Center for Anthropological Research of the Apennine Ridge resides. This is where you can see extensive documentation on the cultural traditions of the Valnerina (Nera Valley).
WHAT TO SEE NEARBY
At Borgo Cerreto: the church of San Lorenzo of the thirteenth century; Ponte, the church of Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the twelfth century, in Romanesque style with a beautiful rose window on the facade. Near the hamlet of Triponzo is the church of St. Catherine and the architecture of the village is visible. Near the hamlet Rocchetta the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Star is located. And in the neighborhood of Triponzo are the Baths of Triponzo, from Roman times., recently restored and expanded. In Santa Maria of Constantinople, the homonymous church, in Romanesque style dating back to the sixteenth century is worthwhile seeing.
Essentially agricultural and there are components of a handcraft and tourism industry.