Monteleone d'Orvieto

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Monteleone d'Orvieto
Comune
Comune di Monteleone d'Orvieto
Coat of arms of Monteleone d'Orvieto
Coat of arms
Monteleone d'Orvieto is located in Italy
Monteleone d'Orvieto
Monteleone d'Orvieto
Location of Monteleone d'Orvieto in Italy
Coordinates: 42°55′N 12°3′E / 42.917°N 12.050°E / 42.917; 12.050Coordinates: 42°55′N 12°3′E / 42.917°N 12.050°E / 42.917; 12.050
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province Terni (TR)
Frazioni Colle, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria, Spiazzolino
Government
 • Mayor Mario Pattuglia
Area
 • Total 23.9 km2 (9.2 sq mi)
Elevation 500 m (1,600 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 1,793
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym Monteleonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 05017
Dialing code 0763
Patron saint St. Theodore, St. Paul and St. Peter
Saint day June 29
Website Official website

Monteleone d'Orvieto is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Terni in the Italian region Umbria, located about 35 km southwest of Perugia and about 60 km northwest of Terni.

History[edit]

According to 16th century historian Cipriano Manente, Monteleone was founded by the comune of Orvieto in 1052, as a castle guarding its northern boundaries. In 1373 Emperor Charles IV assigned it to the viscounts of Turrena, and later it was contended by several local barons such as the Corbara family and a nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. In 1481 it was returned to Orvieto.

In 1643, during the War of Castro fought between the Barberini Pope Urban VIII and the house of Farnese, Monteleone was besieged and destroyed by the troops of Florence.

Main sights[edit]

  • Remains of the medieval walls, including the northern gate.
  • Church of SS. Apostoli Pietro e Paolo. It houses a Madonna with Child between Sts. Paul and Peter, once attributed to Perugino but most kiley from his collaborator Giacomo di Ser Guglielmo of Città della Pieve.
  • Church of SS. Crocifisso (17th century)
  • Medieval Torrione ("Big Tower"), offering a wide panorama of Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio.
  • Castel Brandetto (11th century, destroyed in 1350). Now it is a private-owned residence showing little remains of the medieval edifice.

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