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The sources of the Clitunno River

"The prettiest little river in all poetry." - George Byron

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Where is

Umbria

Fonti del Clitunno, Via Flaminia, 7, 06042 Campello Sul Clitunno PG, Italia (0m s.l.m.)

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What it is and where it is

Between Spoleto and Foligno, along the Via Flaminia, there is a small oasis that gives great emotions to those who want to visit it. It is a true wonder of nature, a small park made up of serene and clear stretches of water bordered by majestic plants, especially poplars and willows. The play of shapes and reflections that is created gives rise to an enchanting spectacle, especially in autumn, when the vegetation is dressed in warm tones, and the light becomes more grazing, going on to create a small magical universe with a muffled atmosphere. Where does the water come from? Straight from underground: this is the enchanting Fonti del Clitunno.

Why it's special

That of the Fonti del Clitunno is a truly evocative spectacle in which to completely immerse yourself and be bewitched by its beauty. A feature that this place has maintained unchanged for centuries: its beauty is such that for the ancient Romans it was a sacred place, where they came to pray to the god Clitunno. Not even poets remain unscathed by so much fascination: Virgil and Pliny the Elder were among the first to sing of the Fonti del Clitunno, moving on, centuries later, to Corot, George Byron and Giosuè Carducci, who dedicated an ode to this place. This is perhaps the real magic of this place: its serenity and beauty are capable of entering the soul and arousing intense and unforgettable emotions.

Not to be missed

The oasis of the Fonti del Clitunno is always beautiful, but it even becomes wonderful between October and November, when autumn takes the field with all its splendid palette, creating a true paradise for photographers and artists. If you then want to take the opportunity to visit some wonderful architecture as well, about a kilometer further downstream there is a small building called the Tempietto del Clitunno, because in the past it was thought to be connected to the worship of the god Clitunno because of its classical forms. It is actually a small church dedicated to St. Savior, very striking because of the strong contrast between the elegance of the exterior and the rough simplicity of the interior. Truly a little gem not to be missed!

A bit of history

In ancient times, the Clitunno was a waterway that ran from what is now the territory of the municipality of Campello sul Clitunno to Rome, and also had navigable stretches. It was as a result of an earthquake in 440 A.D. that the conformation of the Clitunno changed, but for the oasis to arrive at its present appearance it was necessary to wait until the mid-19th century, when Count Paolo Campello della Spina had the spaces reorganized by making the waters flow into the marvelous little lake that is so much photographed today.

Trivia

The Fonti del Clitunno not only attracts visitors who are passionate about nature and beauty, but also inhabitants of aquatic environments, especially swans and ducks. Animal lovers and children might have a great time feeding the animals with dedicated feed that can be purchased at the entrance.

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