Montefalco Series #06 – Back when stone was defense against arrows.

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Keith Richardson

Port Melbourne, Australia

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For hundreds of years, Montefalco defended itself against invaders such as Romans. Strategically important, standing high above surrounding valleys, it was a natural target for warlike aggressors. I walked around its walls imagining what it would be like to both attack and defend. High in a corner tower, I knelt at one of the arrow openings, noting how one could shoot across a broad angle because of its design. In the tower above Porte Roma, the gateway closest to Rome, I saw how a large number of defenders could keep up a constant stream of arrows at the enemy.
Located between Rome to the south and Florence to the north, is a small walled hill-town called Montefalco.
“A little piece of heaven” some have called it, Montefalco (pop. 5600) is situated high in the Colli Martani, with a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, you may not be able to see forever, but you can see across the gorgeous Vale de Umbria to Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Trevi, Bevagna, Foligno, Bettano, Pissignano and a collection of other small towns and villages. Below the town lies the flood plain of the Clitunno River.
Montefalco, the birthplace of no less than eight saints, is in the middle of Umbria’s most important grape growing and wine producing country.
We lived here for a month, and my photography followed a number of themes, evidenced by the images in this series.
Links to the other photos in this series are in this journal article

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