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In Piazza Marconi you will find the characteristic Crier's balcony from which were proclaimed municipal edicts, in medieval times. The elegant pavement dates back to the 1700’s. From the square you can admire both Palazzo Petrignani and Palazzo Nacci.

 
Polygonal Walls of Amelia
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The town of Amelia, defended to the north by a rocky ridge is almost entirely surrounded by massive and ancient polygonal walls dating back to 6 - 4 BC. They were principally built for defensive purposes. The pre-Roman section is definitely the most picturesque and is a tourist attraction. It extends on both sides of Porta Romana, one of the gates leads to the center of the old town, along around 800 meters. It consists of large megalithic blocks, known for their irregular polygonal geometric shape.
During the 17 century European travelers, impressed by the size of the walls spread the belief that the city was built by the legendary people of Pelasgia, hence the name of Pelasgian walls.
The walls of Amelia is the result of an ingenious work of compact stacking of the stones without the use of cement mortar. It also has an older part, the top meter and other points of the walls that date back to the medieval period.
On the 18th of January 2005, a section of the wall at the point just below the Tower of St. Uffizio collapsed. In the heated debate that ensued, the need for effective protection and enhancement of all the walls and the importance of its immense historical value that should be transmitted to future generations was strongly emphasized.

 
Roman Cisterns
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Among the remains of the Roman period of Amelia, are the imposing water tanks consisting of ten rooms below Piazza Matteotti, the seat of the ancient forum, the remains of public baths, a mausoleum on the ancient street of Via Vejetana and a large number of epigraphs.
The impressive Roman cisterns of Amelia, a hydraulic masterpiece dating back to the first century, was built when the town became a Roman municipality. It was therefore characterized by all the typical urban elements of the "Romanization" of the city including road systems, city forum, public buildings and private water supply system. Looking at the huge complex of the existing tanks in Piazza Matteotti it can be assumed that such water supply plants were supplied for by rainwater.

The tanks are made up of ten large rooms used for the collection and storage of water once used for baths, drinking purposes and the provision of water fountains.
Such constructions have always been characterized by one or more waterproof rooms connected together and supplied for from water collection channels, ponds, afferent and efferent channels, nozzles, ventilation shafts and withdrawal wells. The ten rooms measure an average of around 19 meters in length and 5 meters in height. Every room is built with a perimeter wall of restraint using​​ the technique of opus incertum (ashlar stone or tuff, of irregular shape) and the internal perimeter using opus reticulatum (ashlar stone with a square base set "in the shape of a diamond").
The collection of water in the tanks was through wells in which channeled rainwater accumulated in the above square. The population could draw water from wells located in different parts of the village: there were two types: the public ones, found in the square or along the road and private wells, located inside the courtyards or in the basements of homes.
The normal flow of water during the emptying of the tanks for cleaning and maintenance was guaranteed by the difference in height of 122 centimeters between the first and ninth room. The last room, instead, was placed in contrast to ensure the permanence of a quantity of water required to complete the cleaning operations during the stages of emptying.

 
Teatro Sociale
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One of the rare examples of seventeenth century theater made ​​entirely of wood, declared by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage as a "monument of particular historic and artistic interest." Designed by Count Stefano Cansacchi commissioned by of a group of nobles led by the Marquis Orso Orsini. The work on it began in 1783, together with the construction of new buildings and structures in Amelia. It seems that among the Perugia Academy of design members which included Cansacchi there was also Gian Antonio Selva, who a few years later made the project of the La Fenice theater, the two theaters are in fact very similar in both architecture and their decoration. (Marco Vulcano)

 
The Gates
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Porta Romana

Porta Romana is the most central and most impressive of the four gates that allow access to the city center and is also the most modern of the four, the present appearance dates back to the sixteenth century when it was modified and built in travertine. In medieval times, the gate was called Busolina because there they kept the "bussolo" for the municipal elections of the magistracy. In 1703, Amelia managed to escape unscathed from a strong earthquake, after which the people decided to dedicate their city to the Virgin Mary by placing a plaque in the pediment of the door.
Still visible on the hinges is the old wooden door, while in the barrel vaulted ceiling is the fresco bearing coat of arms of the city - APCA white silver band in on a blue field - "Antiani Populi Civitatis Ameriae ", which means "Elders of the people of the town of Amelia", which is the most important elective body of the free Common, from the time of the Statutes of the XIV century and previous eras.

Porta Leone IV
It seems that this access to the town was commissioned by Pope Leone IV who in the 9th century had arranged for the restoration of the walls. The street beginning after the gate, carries his name too. It has always, since the old days been the main spot for the shops of artisans: blacksmiths, carpenters, bakers, taverns etc. It should be noted that recent archaeological excavations (2004/2 005) discovered the existence of a gateway that dates to the Roman period and that corresponds to the location of the present passage. The Roman gate was built inside the polygonal walls directly chiseling the limestone blocks that compose them; these excavations have also made it conceivable that there might be an even more ancient gate.

Porta Posterola
For centuries this gate was the main entrance of the town, it is a good example of Posterola (or pusterla) consisting of two doors with travertine frames and surmounted by semicircular arches leaning on shelves (XIII century). The two doors are arranged perpendicular to each other with a slight offset, forming a pitch used as a place for the inspection of goods and the payment of duties supervised by guards who stayed in the tower adjacent to the structure (now used as a house) part of the fabric of the town's walls .

We suggest a short excursion, outside the gates, along the road that leads into the pine forest until you reach a rock called the "Frullano", from where you can enjoy a beautiful view. Going up the street, you can also visit the Church of St. Girolamo in Posterola dating back to the late 1500's.

Porta della Valle
It was the oldest town gate near the megalithic walls and the acropolis.
The current gate dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and as you get out of it you can admire an incredible view.
Surely the gates to the ancient city were more numerous, in April 2008, a very large door near the Sisti bridge of Amelia ,was brought to light. This suggests that a more complex road structure than previously imagined must have fortified the ancient city.
Amelia would have probably had as many as 6 gates in addition to the four that are already known. In fact, another door, opposite to this last was found, it is known as Porta del Sole. It was discovered a few years ago near Nocicchia. This door that opened on the north-eastern side was one of the original entrances to the city walls, elevated in relation to the street level.

 
The Preroman Necropolis
The necropolis was discovered in 2001 as a result of the demolition of the former Agricultural Consortium of Amelia in Via delle Rimembranze, just outside Porta Romana main road for access to the city.
The area was already known in the last decades of the 1800s, because the Umbrian archaeologists Gerioni and Eroli had reported "pyramid-shaped" tombs, which brought to light amazing material, that is now lost however.
The tombs discovered recently, relate to an area of a necropolis that was unfolding along the modern roads by via primo Maggio and via delle Rimembranze.
In the tombs that have remained intact objects of exquisite workmanship with obvious Greek and Egyptian influences have been discovered. The funerary artifacts indicate the high taste that characterized the Amerina society before the process of Romanization. Recently, many of the materials found have been placed in the Museo Civico Archeologico "E.Vera" dedicated to pre-roman art.

There have been numerous findings of bygone eras even at other sites in the town. Some years ago, in Via della Repubblica, the main road axis in Roman times and still the beating heart of the historical center, during some work, long stretches of pavement formed by slabs of stone, now visible through special windows, were discovered. This was the "cardo", the road that ran through the city from north to south. Instead, the other axis, the decumano, went from east to west.

 
Torre Civica
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The Town Hall Tower, a symbol of democratic government, has twelve sides symbolizing the 12 months and the 12 apostles. Its construction dates back to period of the Commons; used for the defense and alerts to nearby castles through torches and flags.
It is 30.20 meters in height, the base perimeter is 31.40 meters and rests on a base wider than 45-60 cm formed by large boulders. It includes numerous Roman and early medieval pieces fixed randomly, inscriptions, pieces of columns, friezes and sarcophagi.
The Torre Civica is open to the public during special occasions.

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