Faith Itinerary

Franciscan Itinerary

From Piazza della Libertd, after a short stretch uphill, it is the ancient oratory of St. Rocco (today the church of Madonna del colle).
A spoiled path immediately on the left, goes in an hour to the a mountain area"i Prati di Stroncone".
This path is remained almost intact and so intimated to the collective immaginary of the franciscan world.
We haven't evidence that St. Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi, perenigrate along south Umbria but we are almost sure because it allows a shorter and more rapid link between "Lo Speco" in Narni and the "Convent of Greccio".
The old tractor was certaily used by the Franciscans during XIV century and among these, St. Bernardino from Siena.
Father Giovanni Grimani was interpreter of the feeling of popular tradition and he sculptured in stone the memories intimated to the passage of the saint (the chair, the foot, the knie, the hand, the barrel of St. Berbardino).
Along the path, about 2 kilometres far from St. Rocco oratory, there is a little chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary called "del tresto" thanks to the name of the place; therein, according to the local news, the Virgin spoke to a shepherdess.
The precious image was transferred in 1738 with a solemn procession in the oratory where today she has been venerated.

The convent of Saint francis

Going down from Piazza della Libertà towards a large street lined with tres, we can admire the convent of St. Francis.
Many people thinks that the cloister was built in 1213 by the same saint during his visit in Stroncone and constructed in the same place where therenwas a little "Mariana" newspaper bookstall.
The church of the convent is one of the most suggestive place of the fraciscan life. The entrance is in travertine a work made at the beginning of XV century.
In the first altar, on the left, is preserved on oil-painting representing the crucifixion.
In the aisle on the right, on the second altar, there is a painting of umbian shool of XV century representing Lady Mary in a throne with unweaned Jesus and two angels on the sides and St. Framcis on the right, who appears with a suit wore according to the fist period of the rule.
At the bottom of this aisle, above the altar, it is preserved and also possible to venerate the body of St. B. Antonio Vici from Stroncone, a painting representing St. Diego who recovers a blind man, a work of Baldassarre Croce from Bologna of 1607.
The chair in walnut and the sacristy with inland fornitures, always in walnut are very beautiful.
In the refectory, we can admire paintings recently restored and among these a representation of the Last Supper.
In the Chapel, outside the church there is a great painting on temper which occupied the entire wall by Tiberio d'Assisi, a pupil of Pinturicchio.
In the centre of the painting there is the Virgin sit in throne with Jesus, St. Girolamo, and St. Antonio da Padova on the right and St. Michele amd St. Bonaventura on the left. At the bottom of the pinting there is a beautiful village with the view of the sea. There is aslo the libarty of XVII century an essential instrument for the training and the researches of a lot of scholars of that period.

Benedictine Itinerary

Noteworthy are the convent of St. Simeone and of St. Benedetto in fundis that, even though the strain of the time, maintain the fascine of their history and of their own origin.
In particular, the Abbey of St. Benedetto in fundis is nowadays the destination of walking, cultural visit and touristic attractions.
The structure is between the north side of Monterotondo and Monte Terminato, 633 metres above the sea level, near a little fountain at the bottom of the source called "Acqua del Carpino".
The construction of the suggestive Abbey is uncertain, even if the typology of the plan of the church has formulated some hypothesis near the reality, considering that the memorial tablet on the facade of St. Nicolò church is dated 1181.
The Abbey of St. Benedetto in fundis is an episcopal cloister built around the XI century, when during the invasion in Monastero di Farfa, the monks escaped and decided to establish a new cloister with the perimetral defence walls at the bottom of Monte Terminato.
So the Monastero di Farfa offers the typical structure of basilican plant with two opposite apses.
At present there is no tablets, paintings, memories or ornaments, except some trails of frescos of XIII century.

The Cloister of St. Simeone

St. Simeone is one of the most important monuments of Stroncone.
Some documents demonstrate that in 1012 thei cloister guested the Benedictine Order ancd they received some rustic lands as a gift thanks to the Priest Giovanni di Pietro
In the following years the buildings guested several religious orders.
With the unification of Italy in 1860, the cloister was confiscated and auctioned.
It was definitely abbandoned in 1880 and after about 30 years, in 1911, it was sold to the Massoli family and in 1946 divided among the hers of the buyer.
The church of the cloister was dedicated to St. Anthony, martyr of Curi, who convert the inhabitants of Stroncone to the christianism.
It was officiated from the seculars at the end of VIII century and then it passes to Benedettini.
It has an aisle with a semicircular adside, the church of St. Simeone shows today precius stuccos of the barock period, damaged from the vandals who approfitted of the abbandon state of this important monument, which nowadays is under construction.

Sporting - Environmental Itinerary

Going up 100 metres beyond the village, on the sides of the street, the visitor could admire the luxuriant slope studded of secular trees, typical of the Umbria region and for this reason also denominated "the green heart of Italy".
Not far from there, the landascape becomes shadier for the presence of woods, oaks and chestnuts where we can see porcupines, foxes but above all squirrels, which are the bosses of this territory so hospitable and savage on the same time.
Going on there are meadows which shows wonderful views until the last place reachable by auto, called "I Prati" situated 900 metres above the sea level.
Many tourists go there from years to live in contact with the pure nature.
These areas are ideal for excursions and trekking which have the possibility to walk several mountain paths with woods characteristics.
In the entire area are structures which allow the sporting activities and freetime.
The territory has a great environmental importance with beautiful landscapes, horse-riding excursions and the condition for a complete relax in the middle of the pure nature.
"I Prati" is also the ideal place for the excursions in mountain-bike.
Who loves the open-air tourism, Stroncone and its territory offer solutions which satisfy each necessity.
"I Prati di Stroncone" is an unforgetable place where the tourists have the desire to come back for spending beautiful and pleasant holidays.

Tour in Mountain Bike dei Prati di Stroncone

Riding a mountain bike is the most pleasant and stimulating way to visit I Prati di Stroncone and to enjoy the beauties of the landscape.
Starting from the carpark, apposite "I Giardini", and riding over lanes and muleteers, it is possible to meet the suggestive cromatical varieties offereed by woods, chestnuts and oaks, picturesque little lakes and St. Bernardino Church.
It is also possible to pass through peaaceful and relaxing like Valle Nua and Rotabile di Maggio.
Suggestive is also the path leading to Greccio, the sanctuary where St. Francesco, created the first Crib in 1223.

Cultural Itinerary

Stroncone is an ancient village on the side of a hill, only eight kilometres from Terni.
The first place that Stroncone offers to the visitors is Piazza della Libertà, a large square where we can admire a precious fountain called Fontana delle Tre Tazze, that dates back to 1559, and a wonderful view up "Conca ternana".
After crossing the majestic door (Porta Principale), in a good state of preservation and bearing the symbol of the Comune, we reach a tiny square, very similar to the court of a typical castle.
The Oratory of St. Giovanni Decollato, on the left, preserves excellent frescos representing the scenes of Battista's life and an altar-piece representing the martyrdom, works by Giuseppe Bastiani from Macerata, and elegant stuccos which decorate the vault, made by two brothers from Stron¬cone: Gregorio and Cristoforo Grimani.
Once walked down Via Delfini and Via dell'Arringo, we meet the Historical and Notarial Archives of Comune, one of the richest and most interesting of entire Umbria, and St. Nicolo Church, whose simple romanesque facade is on a pavis called "Plateo S.ti Nicolai", because, during the past time, it was the Seat of popular assemblies.
Outside the church there is a beautiful portal decorated with vegetable racemes and inside paintings and frescos of the XVII and XVIII century, a marble tabernacle and, in the sacristy, a wonderful polyptich representing the Coronation of the Virgin by Rinaldo from Calvi (1520-21).
Not far away there is the Comune Building, which preserves ancient coins, medals, seals of different ages, and also nine miniated codes (XIV XV century), very important on the historical, artistic and musical point of view.
Not far from the Comune building we can meet Piazzetta della Torre, so called because of an ancient fortalice that was in that place in the past ages, the War Memorial (Sacrario alle Armi) and the most ancient church of Stroncone: St. Michele Arcangelo Church.
Inside the church there is the Chapel of the Rosary with the altar-piece representing Lady Mary with the Rosary, a work by Bartolomeo Barbini (1928), the Chapel of Santissimo Crocifisso, with a wooden cru¬cifix of XIV century, the Chapel of the Guardian Angel, the Chapel of St. Lorenzo, the Chapel of Madonna del Carmine, whose stuccos works by Gregorio and Cristoforo Grimani.
Along Via Vici we find the building with the same name, today convent of franciscan nuns of Bambin Gesù.
It is the example of an ancient noble residence. Inside there is a kitchen of XIV century with different tools of that period.
Stroncone offers other suggestive landscape and suggestive views. We let to the visitors the desire and the pleasure to discover them.

August in Stroncone

The local authority of Stroncone and its town districts wait for you on the 3rd and 4th week of August, for living, between history and legend, the atmospheres of the historical events of 1809.
Historical commemorations propose the most important moments of the public life in Stroncone during the XIX century.
Characters and sceneries of other days the historical parade which is considered one of the most suggestive of the region.
All these things on the wonderful centre of Stroncone, tasting also typical dishes of the local kitchen offered in the traditional londging-house "Briganti" in the characteristic square of St. Nicolò on the "wondering dinner" which will take place in the most fascinating places of the village.

Local wine and food itinerary

OIL: The oil is one of the most appreciated products of the umbrian land.
It can compete with the best productions to a national niveau, strong of "extra virgin" mark ("DOP Umbria" I mean guaranteed and protected origin), conquering also the international markets.
Poor citizens food, it is above all used in Umbria during the mediaeval period when it existed artisan works in accordance with ancient rules.
Tasting the oil of Stroncone means eating old flavours and extraordinary fragrances of a land rich of traditions and a combination of a rare perfection between natural cycles, quality to a high level and productive innovations.
BREAD: essential ingredient of the mediterranian diet and rich of religious, historical and cultural suggestions which brings back to ancient memories and to other social background, in particular when it was the only food and very important for many people above all during the war and famines.
It sometimes became the forbidden dream of men, women and children. The bread is maybe the product which more than the others is considered the popular value of the tradition and it can tell about the history of men of the entire community.
Thanks to a scrupolous choise of the flour and a meticolous care of cooking, respecting the traditional receipts handed down from generation to generation to people experted in the home-made production of bread.
The bread of Stroncone is a real delight for the sense of taste for young and old people capable to determine the quality of different dishes and the tasting of product which could appear simple and common.
WINE: in the wonderful umbrian landscape, plenty of beautiful valleys, woods, lakes, there is also the cultivation of the grape.
Stroncone perfectly represents the regional reachness and beauty. Plenty of vineyards around the territory, gives life to fragrant and different wines to increase the quality of inviting and fantastic foods where every component links with the others to form tastes which exhaulted people.
MEAT AND CHEESE For the Lovers of the meat in a firm or in the farm holiday enterprise in Stroncone specialized in the breeding.
It offers a large selection of high-quality of goats, pigs and bovines.
In Finocchieto we have the breeding of selvatic pigs of all Italy, a cross-breed typical od these mountain areas.
Moreover there are also kid and game typical of Stroncone and its natural habitat.
Who wants appreciate the tasting of cheese which hides the secret of artisan works and ancient receipts, we advise the ewe's-milk cheese.
It takes its peculiarity from a smooth and light crust with yellow and reddish colour, white pasta, soft, of sweet taste, pleasant.
A real deliciousness which appetize food.
"I Prati" offer uncontaminated nature, wonderful landscapes, fanstatic woods, excursions, short and long walks where admire great and secular chestnut woods whose tasted fruit Stroncone celebrates the virtue.
We invite you to partecipate to our "chestnuts party" to taste our chestnuts.
It takes place every year in October along the streets and the squares of the historical centre.