Colfiorito

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Colfiorito
Frazione
Colfiorito is located in Italy
Colfiorito
Colfiorito
Location of Colfiorito in Italy
Coordinates: 43°01′35″N 12°53′24″E / 43.02639°N 12.89000°E / 43.02639; 12.89000Coordinates: 43°01′35″N 12°53′24″E / 43.02639°N 12.89000°E / 43.02639; 12.89000
Country  Italy
Region Umbria
Province Perugia
Comune Foligno
Elevation 760 m (2,490 ft)
Population (2001) approx.
 • Total 5,000
Demonym
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Colfiorito is a village in Umbria, central Italy, a frazione of the comune of Foligno.

Geography[edit]

It is located on a plateau at 760 m over the sea level, on the road from Foligno to Macerata, which houses a total of c. 5,000 inhabitants (part of it is under the jurisdiction of Serravalle di Chienti, Marche).

History[edit]

In the plateau tombs from the 10th century BC and an Iron Age village (9th century BC) have been found. In 178 BC existed here the Roman city of Plestia, which had a forum, a temple and other edifices. In the 5th century AD it had a bishop of its own. The town was abandoned in the 10th century: the site is now marked by the church of Santa Maria in Plestia. The area was repopulated by the comune of Foligno, who built here the castle (1269) from which originated the modern village.

Colfiorito was heavily damaged by the earthquake which rocked Umbria and Marche on September 26, 1997.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of Santa Maria in Plestia (5th century - see description here).
  • Castle of Colfiorito.
  • Castelliere of Monte Orve.
  • Archaeological Museum of the Umbri Plestini

Notes and references[edit]