What to see in Ferentillo, itinerary to visit the ancient medieval village, including the two nuclei Matterella and Precetto, the Church of Santa Maria and the Church of Santo Stefano.
Located in a suggestive gorge in the middle Nerina valley, Ferentillo is a medieval village, in the past a possession of the nearby abbey of San Pietro in Valle.
The Nera River divides it into two parts, Matterella and Precetto, dominated by the majestic ruins of the two fourteenth-century fortresses.
A Matterella deserves to be seen the thirteenth-century church of Santa Maria, rebuilt between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
In its interior with three naves you can admire frescoes made by Jacopo Siculo.
In Precetto, in the elegant Renaissance church dedicated to Santo Stefano, remodeled in the eighteenth century and including a large crypt, some bodies of the deceased affected by a natural mummification are exposed.
In the surroundings, just 5 km away, there is the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, located in an isolated position on the slopes of Mount Solenne and founded in the eighth century.
Remade between the 10th and 12th centuries, the three apses, the transept and the altarpiece of the main altar remain of the original construction.
In the single-nave interior there are interesting Roman relief sarcophagi, as well as cycles of frescoes depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, made by artists of the Umbrian-Roman school, dating back to the end of the twelfth century.
The cloister, the lantern and the bell tower from the same period are decorated with reliefs dating back to the eighth century.