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Foligno, Italy

The Cathedral of Foligno, Umbria, Italy (cc)
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Foligno is one of the province’s flattest cities. It has sprawled over the banks of the Tobino River Valley since the Romans colonized and made it into an important Umbrian base. A bustling stop along the Via Flaminia during the Middle Ages, the city was also the most important Ghibelline stronghold in Umbria until 1310, when the Trinci family decided to switch the city’s allegiances and establish a Guelph Seigneury here instead. Even though the new rule marked the golden age of Foligno’s wealth and glory, the Seigneury came to a violent end in 1439 and the city reverted back to Papal rule. Foligno has since developed into a somewhat run-of-the-mill industrial cityscape with its main urban attractions around the Piazza della Repubblica and the adjoining Piazza Duomo, both at their best during the glorious Giostra della Quintana (Renaissance Joust) celebrations.

Last updated February 3, 2012
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