Amelia is supposed to be founded by the legendary Umbrian king Ameroe, who gave the city the name Ameria. The city was later occupied by the Etruscans, and later still by the Romans. It had a strategic position, lying on the Via Amerina, a road that broke off from the Via Cassia

Amelia is known for its ancient walls. Large segments of the wall are most likely built by the Etruscans. They were further fortified and enlarged in Roman times and during the Middle Ages. The Romans left other traces of their occupation, including a complex of underground cisterns, which can be visited. A large statue of Germanicus, a famous Roman general, was found just outside the Porta Romana in 1963 and can now be admired in the Archaeological Museum.

Cattedrale di Santa Firmina di Amelia

The Cattedrale di Santa Firmina di Amelia has been the seat of the Bishop of Amelia until 1983. In the Piazza Vera you find the San Francesco, which has a cloister and a convent. Inside you find sculptures by Duccio and the nice Geraldini Chapel from the 15th century.

The facade of the church of Sant'Agostino (Via Cavour) is a good example of Romanesque architecture with a Gothic overlay. Of note also are the churches of S. Pancrazio and the Madonna delle Cinque Fonti. The deconsecrated church of S. Giovanni Decollato can be viewed outside.

Distance from Podere Luchiano ca. 6 km / 10 minutes by car.

Documentary about Amelia

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