(near the well attested ancient site of the Vicus ad Martis Tudertium
on the Via Flaminia
) is an ancient Italian
town and comune
in the Monti Martani
mountain range in the province of Perugia
). It is 10 km N of Acquasparta
, 18 km N of San Gemini
and 32 km N of Narni
; 14 km S of Bastardo
and 27 km S of Bevagna
. As of the 2003 census, the town had 3558 inhabitants.
It is one of the classic walled towns of central Italy, and in its main gate can be seen several ancient inscriptions, including a Roman one of some interest. The modern town has spread northwards along the road.
The territory of the commune includes three of Umbria's best Romanesque churches, each built in part of Roman stone: the abbeys of S. Fidenzio, of S. Maria in Pantano and of S. Faustino. The medieval abbey church of S. Maria in Viepri should also be mentioned, as well as the modern shrine at Colvalenza (6 km southwest), which draws busloads of pilgrims.
The buildings of the walled town suffered major damage in an earthquake on May 12
1997, a precursor of the 1997 earthquake
which damaged much of Umbria, including the Basilica
and city of Assisi
. The Commune celebrated the completion of restoration works and the reopening of the old town in August 2006, ten years after the earthquake.
Massa Martana town has an annual ice-cream festival ("sagra......