OSPEDALETTO

Ospedaletto
scritta-Ospedaletto


Ospedaletto2It has origins dating back to prehistoric times, but the settlement was created in the Middle Ages. On the route of the ancient Etruscan road which linked Perugia to Orvieto, during the Middle Ages was built a building for the shelter and refreshment of pilgrims and travelers, who gave his name to a cluster of a few houses: Villa ospitale Pelgie (latin). Later, ospedaletto remained for long time an appendage of Bovarino Palace, seat of the parish of San Lorenzo, that is 2 km far.With the beginning of the nineteenth century, for the gradual decline of Palazzo Bovarino, ospedaletto began to take the place of the ancient possession of the Bovarini and Bovaccini counts. For centuries, the population was dedicated to the breeding of animals, especially cattle and pigs, the cutting of forests and to the farming of few lands that allowed to practice it.After World War II it acquired greater importance due to the opportunities offered by the state road 317. Nevertheless, the rural exodus of the 50s and 60s was very significant and caused a sharp decline in population.Besides the natural beauty of Mount Peglia and the remains of the Breccia Ossifera Plesistocenica it is of noticeable importance the small medieval church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, which dates back fourteenth century with the fresco “ Madonna Enthroned with Saints” probably of eighteenth century.

Holidays
August 10: festivities in honor of the Patron Saint Lawrence
last weekend of October: Chestnut Festival, organized by the FRIENDS OF MOUNT PEGLIA.