Photographer's Note

Spina Nuova
In the area of Spina there are two hamlets, Spina Vecchia and Spina Nuova which rises above the ruins of an old castle built between the 12th and 13th centuries, of which, however, there is no longer any trace.
The town of Spina Nuova is located in the narrow valley that runs along the ancient road that leads from Spoleto to Sellano and Valnerina. A document from 1258 recalls both a fortress and a castle of Spina; at the end of the XIII century the Spoletini gathered in the castle of Spina all the scattered inhabitants, together with those of Acera, giving them statutes and podestà. In 1326 the castle had to be occupied by the Marshal of the Ducal Curia, to drive away the brigands who had conquered it. In 1361 it appeared to belong to the district of the city of Spoleto. The counts of Campello had it as a personal feud, so much so that, from 1410 to 1438, Lanfranco Campello retired there with his family, having the tower of the same name built; in the following decades, these architectures fell into disrepair and the heir, Eurialo Campello, sold all the rights and possessions of the family. In 1522 he took part in the rebellion against Spoleto, but ended with a return to obedience.

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16559 W: 130 N: 34205] (190607)
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