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Valfabbrica

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It is a municipality in the province of Perugia, located on a hill, surrounded by unspoilt countryside, overlooking the valley of Chiascio. It lies on the trail, used several times by Saint Francis and today an important pilgrimage destination. The old town dates back to the medieval period: it is surrounded by long stretches of fortified walls and features two watchtowers. Of particular interest are: the district of Casa Castaldi, whose old centre is characterized by a diamond shape and features several stone houses and the district of Giomici, rich of important historic and artistic elements.
The foundation of the village dates back to the Middle Ages and was linked to the Abbey of St. Maria in Vado Fabricae, located in a position not far from the river, along the connection trail between Gubbio and Assisi. It was the link with the latter city, that ensured the development and a period of wealth for Valfabbrica. The period of prosperity did not last long because of disagreements between Valfabbrica and nearby towns ruled by feudal lords linked to Perugia, which in the XIII century brought to the destruction of the main centre by the troops of Perugia. At the end of the XV century the castle was assigned to the Duke of Urbino, while in the XVI century, for only six years, the town was subjected to Assisi, then it was acquired by the Montefeltro, until in the first half of the XVII century it became part of the territories of the Papal State. In 1814, Valfabbrica was enlarged with the assignment of the territories of the district of Casa Castalda.

Attractions:
- the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Badia, built in the X century, it currently features forms, which are the result of the XIX century reconstruction. It is embellished with a square Bell Tower, built in stone. Inside it preserves XVI and XVII century paintings, a triptych designed by Matteo da Gualdo, some ceramic reliefs and beautiful series of stained glass windows;
- the Shrine of Our Lady of the Elm, dating back to 1486, frescoed by Matteo da Gualdo and other artists in the XV century;
- the XII century Church of San Michele Arcangelo, which preserves inside frescoes by Matteo da Gualdo and several beautiful pieces of pottery;
- the XIV century Church of San Sebastian;
- the Church of Our Lady of Chiascio;
- the Church of Our Lady of the Snows;
- the Guelph towers, gateways and fortified walls of the XIII-XIV centuries;
- The XI century Castle of Giomici;
- the ruins of the Roman bridge.

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