Travel and Culture in Umbria
Amelia is almost completely surrounded by ancient and mighty 6th-4th century B.C.walls, which are very well preserved. The oldest walls are the Preroman ones, inside the old town centre, that date back to the 6th century B.C. and extend as far as the two sides of the Roman Gate, the most imposing and most modern entrance of the urban settlement (16th century).
The walls are the result of an ingenious work, made by some local builders, that consisted in overlapping stones without using any grout.
Another interesting monument is St Francis’ Church, which was built in 1287 and was then attached to the Friar Minors’ monastery, in the 14th century.
Here we recommend you to visit carefully Geraldini Chapel, with Matthew and Elizabeth’s tombs, which were sculptured by Agostino di Duccio, The monastery’s area, the ex Boccarini college, contains today the Archeological Museum and the Communal Gallery.
Another important clerical building is the 13th century St Augustine’s Church, with its front in Romanesque-Gothic style. At last, inside the walls, you can find St Magnus’ Benedictine monastery, which preserves the 1680 precious St Magnus’ Organ, the unique double keyboard instrument that has been perfectly restored. In fact, Amelia has got seven historical organs and so, thanks to this particular richness in ancient musical instruments, the Umbrian Academy of the Organ Building was founded here, bound to the Umbrian Association.