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THE ABBEY OF SAN PIETRO IN VALLE


Over the centuries, Umbria has always been a magnet for all those who have had the privilege of passing through the territory, rich in rivers and high mountains alternating withsweet hills and green valleys: the ideal landscape for anyone who is oriented toward an ascetic lifestyle. It 's the case of the two hermits Lazzaro and James, that in 535 settled in a valley called Valley Suppegna, following a spiritual. It began to born the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, with the establishment of the first retreat.

 The abbey had as its first abbot Lazzaro, risen to the office after the death of his cousin. In fact, through the intercession of the Duke Farolado I, Lazzaro, now alone and desperate, was ready to welcome in his monastery anyone willing to lead a monastic life, entirely centered on the benedictine rule "ORA ET LABORA", or "pray and work" .
In 720 was the turn of Faroaldo II who resided in there until his death. Today his body is preserved in a sarcophagus inside the abbey, located in the left transept, while the remains of John and James (the second Abbot) are located under the main altar.
Over the centuries, San Pietro in Valle was driving a powerfull feud protected by Spoleto.
The exterior of the church, in Romanesque style, is complemented by the bell tower dating from the ninth century; inside the church has a single aisle and trussed ceiling.
The fidelity of the monastery to Benedictine monastic order, is clearly evidenced by the T of the pattern.

Important is the presence of frescoes made by the Master of Eggi around 1445 and distributed along the walls of the nave: they tell stories of the Old and New Testament.
All of art historians are agree in assigning to San Pietro in Valle seal of "unique" for the historical artifacts which jealously preserves its internal, ranging from the Renaissance period in Lombard and beyond.