Amandola is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sibylline Mountains where, from its altitude of 500 metres, it dominates the enchanting Tenna Valley. However you choose to reach it, you will pass through rolling hills with soft, reassuring contours. This village, rich in history and nature, takes its name from the almond tree that, legend has it, first grew on the hill of Castel Leone which, together with Marrabbione and Agello, was one of the three castles that founded the municipality in 1248. MORE DETAILES
TO VISIT The Town Hall (1). which stands in Piazza Risorgimento.The 14th century church of St Augustine (2) with its 18th century façade and gothic portal, has a bell tower by Mario Pietro Lombardo dating back to 1468 with ogival mullioned windows and an octagonal spire. Thechurch of St Francis (3) è in stile semigotico. is in semi-Gothic style. Inside is a wooden Christ from the late 13th century. The chapel also contains an impressive cycle of frescoes of the 15th century Umbro-Marchigian school. On the left of the church you can enter the cloister of St Francis (4) which houses the Park’s Visitor Centre dedicated to the discovery of the region (Anthropo-Geographical Museum). Moving on, you come to the historic “La Fenice” (The Phoenix) theatre (5). The adjoining 15th century fortified Mayor’s Tower (6), dominates piazza Umberto I° or piazza Alta (7), the ancient platea comunis, that used to be the centre of Amandola’s social and religious life. There arebeautiful views (8) over the eastern slopes of the Sibylline Mountains. Nearby, you can admire a 15th century house (9) with a dovecot. The The Gate of St James (10), through which you enter Piazza Risorgimento, is defended by Ghibelline merlons supported by brackets and two 15th century coats of arms. Moving on, you come to the convent of St Bernard, or the Capuchins convent (11), built in 1540.
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