Rasiglia, placed in the vally of River Menotre, has the pictureque appearance of a medieval village, where people exploited water for energize mills and factories. Today, since it is crossed by River Menotre, Rasiglia it is one of the most beautiful hamlets in Umbria. A place that you have to visit.
Ifyouare looking for a trip to do in theweekend, or for holidaytoo, it’s the right moment to discover “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the Italia’smost beautiful villages). The official website splits by regiontheseselectedtowns and amongthem, in particular, thereis Arrone, placed8 km from Terni and nestled in the heart of Valnerina.
The Oil Trail
Church of San Giovanni
The concept of the village recalls the typical medievaltown and, while walking through the streets, it’s hard not to marvel at the green hills which protect the stone walls; but the origins of Arrone are older and can be discovered through the nature trails that depart from there. One of them is Sentiero dell’Olio (The Oil Trail), which starts from the center and ventures into oaks and pines to ascent to the small village of Tripozzo, located 600 meters above sea level.
While climbing, you can see how maquis is fast replaced by expanses of olive trees and Roman remains: indeed this site was widely used to grow and process olives, proved by mill’s remains and by the street, now used by hikers, that once was the link to transportoil down to the valley.
The Spring of San Lorenzo
Anotherconfirmation of the anthropologicalsignificance of the area is the presence of a source of water, knownasfonte di San Lorenzo (The Spring of San Lorenzo), whichyou can discoveratlessthan 500 metersabove the sealevelalong the way, butalsoof archaeologicalfindslike a building and ceramicmaterials, thathavebeenfoundafter some farmingworks. They date back approximatelyto a periodbetweenI Century b.C. and the ICenturya.C. in Tripozzoitself,because of the presence of typicalstructures and constructiontechniques of the Roman era, appeared in 2000 after theexcavationsmade by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Umbria.
Itisthoughtthat the building was a villa for slaves and by studyingthisconstructionithasbeenpossible to ascertain the presence of a beam press,used to squeezeolives. Weknowethat the building wasalsorenovated: so we can suppose thatboth the crusherconstruction and the followingchangeswere made by a prominent man of the early Empire Age, asort ofentrepreneurwhohad a large number of manpower for itsgrowingactivities.
The oil production is now carried out in an organic way, as we can see from some placards placed among the olive trees. Maybe the harvest is made by some discendants of that entrepreneurial figure!
In Tripozzo, the walk leads to a beautiful scenery that worths the route: we can admire the valley, where you can see a varied landscape of woods, olives groves, some fractions of Arrone like Montefranco and, if you refine your view, you can see on your left the cloud of water rushing down from the Marmore Waterfalls, hidden by another hill.
With our eyes full of wonder, we can come back to Arrone.