Massa Martana

At the feet of the Martani Mountains just above the ancient Via Flaminia, Massa Martana sits at 351msl. It was founded in the Middle Ages to defend the small sparsely populated country villages from the armies which travelled up and down the great Roman road, which by then had been abandoned in favour the Via Flaminia Nova which lead from Narni towards Spoleto and Foligno. On the outskirts of the town is the monastery of S. Maria della Pace, while further down alongside the Via Flaminia there are many archaeological remains of past settlements, from the ruins of the old Roman bridge, Fonnaia, to the Christian catacombs under Villa S. Faustino, as well as art and architecture dating back over the centuries, such as in Villa S. Faustino Abbey, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with XV century frescoes from the Umbrian school and the church of S. Maria in Pantano, one of the oldest in all of Umbria. Founded on the remains of a Roman rest stop along the Via Flaminia, the church has a XIII-century pink façade of recycled Roman material and an apse dating to the VIII century, an altar derived from a Roman ara, mosaics and, nearby, a travertine urn on which the sacrifice of Iphigenia is depicted. Walkers, hikers and trekkers, or those who like to ride horses or mountain bikes, can enjoy the wilderness of the Martani Mountains which reach an altitude of some 1,000m. Crisscrossed by more than 110km of signposted trails and paths, the nature lover can walk or ride over a choice of 9 itineraries that wind in and out of woods and pine stands, outcrops and hilltops. The Club Alpino Italiano also offers many interesting itineraries.

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