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Celleno

Recent archaeological findings confirm the Etruscan origin of Celleno and its castle. Between the 10th and 11th centuries, the settlement must have been configured as a group of dwellings concentrated on the terminal part of the tuffaceous spur, protected by cliffs on three sides, surrounded by walls and a small fort (the present Orsini Castle) placed to guard the only access road. The encastellation work continued under the Monaldeschi, and at the end of the 14th century the center passed into the hands of the Gatti, one of the most powerful families of Viterbo. During this period the medieval fortress was completely renovated and, together with the whole town, transformed into the fortified fortress that can still be observed today. The Gatti family ruled Celleno until the last heir, Giovanni, was had himself killed by Pope Alexander VI (Borgia) for refusing to hand back the castle. In the early 16th century the town passed to the Orsini family, a family whose name the castle still bears. During the modern age, the town of Celleno Vecchio has often been subject to subsidence and landslides, which have caused its gradual abandonment since the 1930s

This oldest and most abandoned part of Celleno, known as Il Ghost Village, today is a small, charming and evocative collection of ruins and vestiges of the past, with a stupendous view of the surrounding landscape. It can be accessed from Via del Ponte, which leads into the main square from the main gate, or, crossing Piazza del Mercato, through the archway that leads into the castle moat.

The new part of Celleno, which is about 1.5 km from the historic center, can be accessed directly from the provincial road, from which one reaches Piazza della Repubblica with the church of San Donato and the town hall. A few hundred meters further on is the Borgata Luigi Razza, a typical settlement of Fascist-era architecture, created precisely to relocate the population from the historic center.

Places to visit

The “village of cherries

The “village of cherries

hat dedicated to this fruit is an ancient agricultural practice that has allowed the improvement of its quality and the inclusion of the Celleno Cherry in the national list of Traditional Agri-food Products of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A municipal...

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The Ecomuseum of the Celleno Cherry

The Ecomuseum of the Celleno Cherry

(EMC2) was created to enhance the traditional local fruit, the cherry, precisely, but it brings together all the nature trails and places of interest in the municipal area. That dedicated to this fruit is an ancient agricultural practice that has allowed the...

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The Convent of St. Giovanni Battista

The Convent of St. Giovanni Battista

built in 1610, it is adjacent to a small 11th-century Romanesque parish church and other preexisting. The original core of the complex is organized around a quadrangular cloister simple in its lines but richly adorned with a cycle of frescoes relating to the Stories...

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Church of San Rocco

Church of San Rocco

the only church still used for worship located in Piazza San Rocco to protect the population from plagues and dedicated to San Rocco, a thaumaturgic saint. It is characterized by the beauty of its peperino portal in which the central coat of arms of the Orsini family...

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Spread Museum of the Ghost Village®

Spread Museum of the Ghost Village®

is an itinerary created in the ancient village that consists of various rooms, including: the Church of St. Carlo, a small church not used for worship that hosts small exhibitions throughout the year; The Church of St.Donato, used to be the main church of the village,...

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Celleno and its Ghost Village.®

Celleno and its Ghost Village.®

Recent archaeological findings confirm the Etruscan origin of Celleno and its castle. Between the 10th and 11th centuries, the settlement must have been configured as a group of dwellings concentrated on the terminal part of the tuffaceous spur, protected by cliffs on...

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