There is a special geography of the heart that makes certain places so familiar and reassuring that pleasure is enormous every time you come back.
The village of Scheggino, just 15 minutes from Ferentillo and the guest house, is undoubtedly the ideal place for walks along the small streets and stairways of the perched village as much as the perfect setting in which to seek summer refreshment along the rich canal of spring waters and aquatic vegetation fed by the sources of Valcasana.
The ruins of the medieval castle, with its typical triangular-shaped fortification, overlooks the village: below, the waters of the Nera river touch the houses and the shores covered with soft grass.
In the historical center it is possible to visit the Church of San Nicola from the 13th century which was restored in 1500 and which houses valuable frescoes attributable to the painter Giovanni di Pietro called Lo Spagna.
At each return, there is also the pleasure to discover new aspects and corners not yet explored like, on this occasion, the Truffle Museum Urbani.
The village is inextricably linked to the truffle: it houses an interesting and completely free museum dedicated to the black gold of Valnerina strongly desired by the Urbani family that for generations has been involved in the processing and marketing of truffles.
The museum, opened in 2012, is located in the first production plant founded by Paolo Urbani at the end of the 19th century and houses not only a collection of tools used in the past for processing and marketing this product but also a very personal collection of testimonies , fragments of life and history of a family filtered through black and white photographs, personal correspondence, newspaper pages, hand written invoices and archival documents. Inside there is also a small and neat corner dedicated to the sale of fresh and processed truffles.
The territory of Ferentillo contains a multitude of small villages connected by roads or ancient mule tracks that you can travel respectively by car or on foot, admiring the surrounding nature and the wonderful landscape. The destination of the short excursion that we propose in this article is the suggestive ghost village of Umbriano, which can be reached only on foot leaving the car close to the village of Colleponte or alternatively walking from Ferentillo along a stretch of the Way of St. Francis.
Located at the foot of Monte Sant’Angelo, this settlement is traditionally considered the oldest inhabited nucleus of Valnerina, but it is in the ninth century that the watchtower with a square base is erected to protect the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle from the saracen invasions.
Abandoned after the second World War (also because of the lack of a road link with the Valnerina), this ruined village still offers emotions and evocative glimpses of fortifications, domestic environments, stables and remnants of the past.
The itinerary also allows you to admire in the distance the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle which stands out from the opposite side of the valley in a position almost mirroring that of the perched village of Umbriano.
Starting from Colleponte, the itinerary, well marked, has a duration of about 30 minutes and initially covers a cemented road in steep slope at the end of which a path branches off into the woodsin the direction of Umbriano.