Acquacanina is set in a valley in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, where the Benedictine monks built a centre of spiritual life near the Abbey of Rio Sacro. At that time, this territory was a feud of count Manardo di Sigfredo then, in 1192, Pope Celestine III decided to bring the territory under papal protection. Starting from 1284 the Benedictine monks gradually bought the Castrum Acquae Caninae that had belonged in the past to the Manardi family. During the following ten centuries, Acquacanina’s social and religious life grew around the abbey. Even later, after it became an independent municipality, the town and its population have always shared a strong bond with the monks.
The visitIn this area the Benedictine monks erected the Romanesque Abbey of Santa Maria di Rio Sacro in the 9th century. It has a remarkable Romanesque crypt with three aisles and it houses a 12th century Crucifix of the Laziale school, some frescoes such as that of Saint Sebastian attributed to Girolamo di Giovanni and a small octagonal canvas by Carlo Maratta. The church del Vallone is interesting for its seven altars and many paintings, among which are a Deposizione of the 17th century and a Madonna con Bambino of the 16th century. At Campicino you can find some remains of the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria with its dovecote tower that dates back to the 15th century, while at Vallecanto there are part of the walls of Varano’s castle and the Church of Santa Margherita.
Do not missThe crypt of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Rio Sacro is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture. It dates back to the 9th century and presents a nave and two small side aisles separated by columns and pillars in pietra spugna (travertine). From Meriggio you can enjoy an enchanting view of the lake Lago di Fiastra.
Comune di Acquacanina
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