The Municipality of Sefro is situated in Scarzito valley, that originates from the slopes of Pennino Mount and, in the upper part, is called Scurosa Valley. In its territory where is also Montelago upland, a basin that sustains several limpid and fresh sources. The sources generated by the upland guarantee to Scarzito a permanent flow rate, a valuable abundance in fish and an amazing stream. The beauty of the river reach its maximum level with its waterfall in the middle of Sefro and the terziere of Sassi, which overlooks the stream leap, has all the features of a fortified village (“castrum”), where it would be developed the so called “villa Sefri”. As it has always been so safe, in 1259 Sefro hosted the Camerino authorities, who were escaping from the Manfredi’ s Ghibelline troops. In 1423 Sefro, annexed in the Varanos Lordship, was one of the first castles to have a Chartes: certainly the most important written document concerning the past of Sefro community. The Scarzito valley is surrounded by mountains (among which there are Camorlo Mount, Primo Mount, Vermenone Mount and Linguaro Mount) situated in Pennino Mount (1571 meters above the sea level), that have typical top grazing lands and the most wooded hillsides of the center of Italy. A habitat like this supports lots of species of fauna, including wolves and also a varied flora. Flora and fauna are systematically monitored and classified by the Department of Earth Science of University of Camerino.
The visitThe most evocative natural places of Sefro are Scurosa valley and Montelago upland. Both of them can be reached with the SP 79 (a provincial road) of Montelago. The entrance of Scurosa valley is situated at 2+750 kilometers. The two Montelago basins can be seen at the kilometer 7 after the entrance of Scurosa valley and passing an altitude gap of about 400 meters. Montelago upland, traditionally an excursions destination, is important as emergency nature (spring waters, moor, cavities, caverns) and as historic place (“castelliere” of Castellaro mount, the so called “Taglio dei Varano”). Coming back to town, you can visit the Town Hall and the Santa Maria Assunta Church that still has, among others, a wooden Crucified Christ and an Assunta painting, both of the 16th century. If you keep on walking, a bit down-river, you can see the ancient military placement called Torre Varano, which consist of a fortified building, where it is hosted the “Museo della cività Contadina” (lit. “Country life Museum”), and remains of the fortified tower. From the Tower, going up along via Duchi Varano, you can go inside the alleys of castrum. Walking along via Romma, following the Scarzito flow, you can see the waterfall. Through the “Ponte del Mulino” (lit. Mill bridge), you reach the San Pietro Church, mentioned in the Charts of 1423 as a monks church. Continuing walking down-river, you reach the Madonna dei Calcinari, dating back to the 15th century and containing several votive frescoes (some of them probably made by Girolamo di Giovanni). In the little community of Agolla you could visit San Tossano church that has an important plot of not well-preserved frescoes, but still recalling the experts’ attention both for its content (for example, rare proto-Franciscan images), both for its artistic quality (Umbrian-Romanic school). When you enter the village and you reach the square, in the San Michele parish church you will admire a “Crocifissione” (“Crucifixion”) by Lorenzo d’Alessandro’s school (second half of 15th century) and an esteemed “Madonna con il Bambino “ (“Lady and the Child”) in a Manneristic style.
Do not missThe most beautiful place of Sefro, where all the most important guests can be received, is the Montelago upland, for sure.
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