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Arrone

At the end of the 9th century, the nobleman Arrone, who was searching for a calmer area than turbulent Rome, went to the Valnerina, took over one of the rocky headlands that rose out of the swampy area of the valley floor and built a fortified castle, forming the first settlement of the town which was named after him.

The large estate thereafter managed to spread out from Papigno to S. Pietro in Valle, from Miranda to Labbro, from Piediluco to Melaci and to Polino. During the 13th century, under the expansionistic pressure of Spoleto, the Arroni progressively lost land, independence and prestige and after repeated oaths of allegiance to their powerful adversary, they went to live within the Municipality which had defeated them.

The men of Arrone then freed all the territory from the old lords (1315), gave them recognition as a community regulated by a Latin statute (1542) and organised the rebellion of the Lower Valnerina against the greedy Spoletan feudal system and the demanding feudal claims of the old owners (17th-18th century).

It was then set on fire and looted by the French (1799). Finally, when the papal government was re-established, Arrone became a mother city-republic to which other municipalities, which had until that moment been independent, were joined as hamlets.


Incendiato e saccheggiato dai francesi (1799), Arrone con la restaurazione del governo pontificio divenne comune madre, cui furono aggregate come frazioni comunità fino a quel momento autonome.

 
The Marmore Waterfalls E-mail

Apart from the legends, symbolism and any other stretch of the imagination, Marmore Waterfalls is quite simply a “hydraulic event”, which has been given the most varied and wildest interpretations that range from poetry to sound, from mythology to paintings, from romanticism to folly.


However, all these ways of seeing and hearing the Falls refer to the “flowing phase”. And usually, the common spectator cares little or nothing about the other phases – those in which the sluice gates obstruct the descent of water – which are nevertheless an intrinsic and significant part of life’s cycle. Having removed the beautiful dressing of sparkling lace, the rock remains naked.

The eclipse of water takes us back centuries and shows us a universe which the curtain of water hides and tortures, as it plunges downward.


These are visions of an enchanting – and therefore transient – beauty, which are to be seized and enjoyed in the limited stagnation which follows and precedes its cataclysm.

In fact, only then is it possible to approach the sluice gate, walk over it, enter in it, cross ponds and narrow gorges, snatch its charm and secrets. An esoteric universe, a silent fall which is worth a visitor’s long-lasting attention.

 
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