The imposing old Castle of Gualdo Cattaneo, rises on the north-western margins of the area that, in ancient times, used to be under the political power of Spoleto, and for this reason it's been contended for long between Foligno and Spoleto itself.
From a toponymic analysis (the name Gualdo derives from the word "wald": wood), it's easily perceivable the presence of the rich green forests that surround the area.
On the main square of this precious village you will find and admire the Rocca: a powerful tower, built in 1494 in order to defend the castle from potential invasions. This is the the most important monument within the entire province, an excellent example of military fortress with a triangular shape, in which every summit coincides with a round and log-conical tower, communicating with the others through underground passages. The highest tower (large 80 metres, high 20 metres) overlooks the entire medieval village and the valley below. The tower has kept intact throughout the centuries the irregular disposition of the rooms, which are still visitable.
The parish church of Saints Martiri Antonio Antonino and Beato Ugolino shows a wonderful façade, ornated with admirable reliefs representing the mystic Lamb, the symbols of the four Evangelists and inside a beautiful thirteenth-century crypt: true jewel of the Romanesque architecture, where nowadays the Saint's dresses are jealously kept and preserved .
The Church of St Agostino, which is the oldest church in town, was built in 1136. It has kept a truthfully interesting ogival door on the left of the main entrance.
You will be able to admire some significant paintings dated back at XIV and XV centuries: a truss wooden ceiling with a huge fresco representing the Crucifixion, made by Niccolò di Liberatore, called L’Alunno, notable painter from Foligno.
Once finished this lovely walk throughout the beauties of this fantastic village lost in time, you can fully enjoy the cordial and friendly welcome of the locals. Typical food and wine products will fill your noses and palate with joy... and will be there, waiting to be tasted in the central square, among the lovely restaurants and bars.
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