covered passage running all along the village
Copertelle are a covered passage running all along the
village walls and
overlooked by civil apartments.
They represent an important example of medieval architecture. The art of
fortification is expressed at its outmost in them.
hey are in fact evidence of the will of making something useful for the
protection of the village.
They boast in fact a raised position and allow quick transfers also thanks
to the underground passages.
the underground passages storing cisterns were reachable. Water and wheat
were stored there in case of attack.
tower and the two fortified entrances to the village (Porta Pesa and Porta
Forchiusa) located on the opposite sides of the village guaranteed the
needful protection to Serra San Quirico.
When peace wasn’t threatened Le Copertelle were used as headquarters of
corporations and handcraft activity,
picturesque and characteristic site is perfect to admire the beautiful
sights of the area underneath.
The ancient arches frame in fact the sight of wild Monte Murano, of the
Apennine mountains and of the Esino valley.
They enclose all the West side of the village as far as the Colle where the
walls acquire the typical prow shape that make the village resemble a ship.
Copertelle are the frame of the beautiful painting that surrounds Serra San
Photography: Alessio Brocanelli
di Serra San Quirico
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