Ronciglione

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Ronciglione
Comune
Comune di Ronciglione
A view of the medieval burg of Ronciglione.
A view of the medieval burg of Ronciglione.
Coat of arms of Ronciglione
Coat of arms
Ronciglione is located in Italy
Ronciglione
Ronciglione
Location of Ronciglione in Italy
Coordinates: 42°17′N 12°12′E / 42.283°N 12.200°E / 42.283; 12.200
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province Viterbo (VT)
Frazioni Lago di Vico
Government
 • Mayor Alessandro Giovagnoli
Area
 • Total 52.28 km2 (20.19 sq mi)
Elevation 441 m (1,447 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 8,908
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Demonym Ronciglionesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 01037
Dialing code 0761
Patron saint St. Bartholomew
Saint day August 24
Website Official website

Ronciglione is a city and comune in the province of Viterbo, Lazio (central Italy), about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Viterbo. The city is located in the Cimini mountains, over two tuff scarps, on the SE slope of the former volcano crater now housing the Lake Vico.

The city's economy is based largely on agriculture, with production of nuts, chestnuts and wine.

History[edit]

The most ancient document mentioning Ronciglione dates to 1103. A historian from the 16th century Orvieto set its foundation around 1045, due to the Prefetti of Vico. Later it was a possession of the Anguillara, a Guelph family of Rome. Pope Paul II conquered it to the Papal States in 1465.

In 1526 Ronciglione became a possession of the Farnese, and lived its period of greatest splendour: its industries included manufacturing of copper, iron, paper, weapons and others. Ended in 1649 the Farnese seignory and bought back by Pope Innocent X, in 1728 it received the status of city by Pope Benedict XIII.

The Ronciglionesi took active part in the Roman Republic of 1798–99: the French troops, however, crushed the revolt and burnt the city on July 20, 1799.

Main sights[edit]

Ronciglione has one of the most beautiful mediaeval burgs of central Italy.

The city monuments and sights include:

  • The Castle, originally built in the High Middle Ages, with the characteristic angle rounded towers.
  • The Cathedral, a Baroque edifice designed by Pietro da Cortona, rebuilt by Carlo Rainaldi between 1671 and 1695. The bell tower is from 1734. It houses a Tryptych of Christ by the Viterbese painter Gabriele di Francesco (15th century).
  • The church of Santa Maria della Provvidenza (11th century), restored in Baroque style, although still retaining a three-floors Romanesque belfry. The interior, with a single nave, houses some frescoes from th 15th century.
  • The ruins of the church of St. Andrew (12th-13th centuries), with a notable belfry from 1436.
  • Church of Santa Maria della Pace, began in 1581 and variously attributed to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola or Rainaldi. It houses paintings by Sebastiano Conca, Cavalier D'Arpino and a tabernacle by Sansovino.
  • The suggestive basilica church of Sant'Eusebio, along the Via Cassia, 3 km in direction of Rome. Located on a wide alture, it was built by monks ascpaed from Palestine in the 7th and 8th centuries. Traces of the ancient coenoby and the belfry can still be seen. The interior of the current edifice has a nave with aisles of irregular dimensions, with 12th-13th centuries frescoes and a Madonna with Child from the 15th century. It is dedicated to St. Eusebius, bishop of Sutri which is nearby.
  • Villa Lina. A villa with extensive botanical gardens, built by Ulisse Igliori for his wife Lina in 1928 and currently owned and operated as a luxury Bed and Breakfast by their daughter Paola Igliori.

Culture[edit]

Ronciglione is known for its Carnival. Established as a derivative of the Renaissance Carnival of Rome, it has typical "empty races" in which the horses are left to run without riders. The cities are divided into 9 contrades which contend for the "Palio of the Manna".

Transportation[edit]

Ronciglione is served by the SP1 Cimina provincial road, connecting it to SS2 Cassia national road which starts from Rome, and to Viterbo. SP35 provincial road connects the town to Caprarola and Capranica.

There is a station on the Orte-Civitavecchia railroad, which has abandoned in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat

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