The valley in which the town of Acquacanina is situated, surrounded by high peaks, must immediately have seemed an especially spiritual place to the Benedictine monks, who built an important centre of religious devotion, the Abbey of Rio Sacro. At that time, Acquacanina was the fief of Count Manardo of Sigfredo. Later, in 1192, the Bill of Pope Celestine III placed the abbey under direct papal protection, causing the Benedictines to flourish. From 1284 onwards, the Benedictines, little by little, purchased the "Acquae Claninae" castle which had belonged to the noble Manardi family. Consequently, for almost ten centuries, the civil and religious life of Acquacanina revolved around the abbey and, even when the town later became a free municipality, the mark of the Benedictines lived on in the soul of the town and its inhabitants. MORE DETAILES
DA VISITARE In the Meriggio locality (1) you can enjoy a fabulous view over the lake of Fiastra (2).with a beautiful Romanesque crypt with three naves housing a 12th century crucifix in the Lazio school as well as numerous frescoes, such as that of St Sebastian attributed to Girolamo di Giovanni, and a small octagonal painting by Maratti. The church of Vallone (4) has seven altars and contains interesting paintings including a 17th century Deposition and a 16th century Madonna with Child. In Campicino, you can see the ruins of the Romanesque chiesa di S. Michele Arcangelo (5) featuring a 15th century dove tower. In Vallecanto, you can visit the perimeter wall of the Da Varano castle (6) with the church of St Margaret (7). inside.
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