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Church of San Donato

Church of San Donato

This is one of the many rural churches built between the 1200s and 1300s along the foothill section before the old Roman road from Trevi to Foligno.

The typical Romanesque architecture shows a restoration of a church dating back to at least 300 years earlier, as the dedication to St. Donatus reveals its Lombard origin.

Large limestone blocks, reused especially on the south side, certainly taken from a large Roman monument, prove the ancient origins of the road. The interior has a single apsidal nave, simple and plain.

On page 574 of “Historia … di Trevi”, Durastante Natalucci wrote: “da pessimo stato fu ristorata dal suo rettore e ritienesi del suo cappellano…” (“from a very bad state it was restored by its rector and its chaplain…”).

In the road to Manciano

From San Donato, the trail continues along the old mule track that goes up the Paterno hill.

On the left, Mount Pulito, which owes its name due to the fact that up until the 1960s it was a bare mountain;

moving up among the age-old trees and along the dry walls, you reach Casa Margherita, a dwelling for farmers who cultivated the olive groves;

Fonte di Paterno, a spring that flowed out from a cave and where cattle was taken to drink.

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