Cascia

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Cascia
Comune
Comune di Cascia
Cascia
Cascia
Coat of arms of Cascia
Coat of arms
Cascia is located in Italy
Cascia
Cascia
Location of Cascia in Italy
Coordinates: 42°43′54″N 13°01′00″E / 42.73167°N 13.01667°E / 42.73167; 13.01667Coordinates: 42°43′54″N 13°01′00″E / 42.73167°N 13.01667°E / 42.73167; 13.01667
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province Perugia
Frazioni Avendita, Chiavano, Civita, Colle Giacone, Fogliano, Logna, Maltignano, Ocosce, Onelli, Padule, Poggio Primocaso, Roccaporena, San Giorgio, Trognano, Villa San Silvestro, Atri, Buda, Capanne di Collegiacone, Capanne di Rocca Porena, Cascine di Opagna, Castel San Giovanni, Castel Santa Maria, Cerasola, Colforcella, Colle di Avendita, Colmotino, Fustagna, Giappiedi, Manigi, Opagna, Piandoli, Puro, Sant'Anatolia, Santa Trinità, Sciedi, Tazzo, Valdonica
Government
 • Mayor Gino Emili
Area
 • Total 181.09 km2 (69.92 sq mi)
Elevation 653 m (2,142 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 3,245
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Demonym Casciani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 06043
Dialing code 0743
Patron saint St. Rita of Cascia
Saint day May 22
Website Official website

Cascia is a town and comune (township) of the Italian province of Perugia in a rather remote area of the mountainous southeastern corner of Umbria. It is about 21 km from Norcia on the road to Rieti in the Lazio (63 km).

History[edit]

The modern territory of Cascia was the home of the Roman settlement of Carsulae, destroyed in the 1st century BC by an earthquake. In the Middle Ages it was sacked by the Byzantines and the Lombards, and was later a fief of the Trinci family. It was occupied by Papal troops in the 15th century, and thenceforth it was a Papal town until the unification of Italy in 1860.

Cascia was the home of Saint Rita of Cascia, who was born in the nearby frazione of Roccaporena in 1381 and died there in 1457. After her canonization in 1900, a large shrine was built in Cascia, which is still an important place of pilgrimage; and the house where she was born may still be visited.

Frazioni[edit]

Atri, Avendita, Buda, Castel San Giovanni, Castel Santa Maria, Cerasola, Chiavano, Civita, Colforcella, Collegiacone, Colmotino, Coronella, Fogliano, Logna, Maltignano, Ocosce, Onelli, Opagna, Poggio Primocaso, Roccaporena, San Giorgio, Santa Anatolia, Trognano, Villa San Silvestro, Santa Trinità, Fustagna, Piandoli, Giappiedi, Capanne di Collegiacone, Sciedi, Valdonica, Capanne di Roccaporena, Tazzo, Manigi, Serviglio, Colle Santo Stefano, Puro, Palmaiolo.

External links[edit]

(Incorporates text from Bill Thayer's site, by permission.)