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GuidoLocattelli wrote a review Jun. 2017
Akron, Ohio3,189 contributions300 helpful votes
See original structural components of early architectural design of churches. Romanesque style of sure.
Here is another reason for me to make the right decision years ago to decide to stop and check out this hill town. It was one of my better travel decisions. Here again is another reason to like coming here and becoming enamored with this part of Italy to fall in love and admire this village or town located in the central part of Italy - geographically speaking. Small church that you can easily find in this hill town. I found it readily. I was traveling from the bus station after taking the train as far as it would take me to get to Narni many years ago long before the customary range of calendar dates suitable for indicating the time of my visit were made available for readily completing this review. Travel conditions have changed especially those in Italy. I was a younger man and I had enjoyed staying in a house near Orvieto during an extended summer vacation in central Italy shortly after I had brought with me a master's degree in urban studies and a bachelor's degree in both French and History and much college level knowledge of the Italian language. The tall old tower next to the church was worth my time to see and photograph. I can not recall if it was possible to climb the tower. But I wanted to see the interior of the church since it was listed as an important place to visit. I had taken the train from Orvieto and got as far as the bus station in Narni to begin my walking tour of the small hill town. There was a pathway you could follow and by all means you should see this church by yourself. No need for taking a group tour as there were none of those at that time. Give yourself one hour to do justice in seeing this old church made from rudimentary materials in the tenth or eleventh century or before coming from roman times in origin - romanesque style I believe. With it original structure still intact it is an architectural jewel and should be seen by art history and architectural design people. I got inspiration for visiting the old church by reading the comments written in Italian by Italian travelers. I sounded out each new word and read the sentences three times for greater satisfaction for having studied their language. I suggest that you do the same. But more important visit the interior of the church and admire the basic components that make the church an architectural gem in so many pieces. Original pieces for that matter. Read the lengthy description of the church in Italian for inspiration. A rough building style for sure in a rustic location but it does not take anything away from why the church was and is required viewing and visiting for people like me. On the trip advisor website I believe there is a large lovely beautiful picture in color of the interior of this church. Look at it and read all parts in Italian for satisfaction and more motivation. People told me that others schedule events to take place here like marriages and other family celebrations. Wonderful! So much better than renting a canvas tent. Not the same as going inside Notre Dame in Paris I assure you. Not the same as visiting the cathedrals of France. Do not wander aimlessly through the streets of this hill town or the church itself munching on two ham sandwiches or drinking a milk shake. Be more respectful for this church is an essential part of the cultural heritage of Italy. I did say then and I would say now that this visit is more suitable for adults who bring with them some knowledge of Italian history and the language - art history and architectural design for ancient buildings. Do not bring your pet dog. I looked for young Italian tourists for starting conversations about the church. There were none. If you need a reason to not rush forward hurriedly to see Perugia and Assisi here it is. Those two towns can wait. See Narni first. Do not come here with an empty head. Seeing this part of Italy is good for more reasons than getting a sun tan. I had to read many books when I got home just to refresh my memory of the visit.…
Date of experience: July 2016