Torreorsina is a small castle of Altura. Inside, the thirteenth-century part of the village and a singular late Renaissance extension due to the Orsini family remain practically intact.
Torreorsina is a beautiful castle that boasts a suggestive view of the Marmore waterfall.
As the name suggests, it all originated from a defensive tower around which the village developed.
The tower is now incorporated into the former church of S. Antonio.
I advise you to take a tour in the alleys behind the church where the oldest alleys in the country are visible.
- A – Ancient core
- A1 – Ancient Tower
- A2 – Casino Manassei
- A3 – Porta Ternana
- A4 – Ancient Gate
- B – Late Renaissance accommodation
- B1 – Travertine door
- B2 – New course
- B3 – Santa Maria Assunta
- C – Aurelio de Felice Museum Park
Torreorsina: Piazza San Rocco
The first square you reach is Piazza San Rocco with the church of Santa Maria Assunta (late Renaissance).
The paintings inside and the relics of San Teodoro are worth a visit. In line with the facade of the church there is an entrance door to the town.
In fact the latter was commissioned by the Orsini on the occasion of the expansion of the village.
To the left of the door is the feudal palace built by the Orsini family, completely modernized by the Manassei family in the mid-1700s.
Torreorisna: The Borgo
Crossing the threshold you enter the main street of the village. The houses are arranged on two single continuous rows resulting from the seventeenth-century layout of the town.
The course ends in a little square a little higher than the street level. This climb passes over what were once the medieval walls of the ancient village.
In this square there is the Casino Manassei in which there is one of the few clocks at six hours still working!
In fact this system of measurement is testimony of the government of the papal state on these lands. Today in this building you can find the headquarters of the Pro loco and the bar.
Here you can ask for any information about the village. Sometimes it is also possible to request the key to the Auditorium of the former church of Sant’Antonio.
Torreorsina: Former church of S. Antonio
Leaving the bar on the right, enter the alleys and you will find yourself in front of the former church of Sant’Antonio.
Ancient name of this church was Santa Maria de turris. This was in fact the Antica Torre from which Torreorsina takes its name. In fact, its traces are visible by looking among the stones of the walls.
The alleys behind the church will lead you to Porta Ternana.
Via degli Archi and Porta Terni
It was customary in the Middle Ages to place the access of the houses on the upper floor in such a way as to be able to create a removable ramp in case of a siege. In fact, in this way each house had its own drawbridge.
You can see similar structures in the ugly alley of Montecchio in Orvieto .
Porta Ternana still retains the features of a dovecote tower.
I recommend that you go out the door and turn left to look out towards Casteldilago and Arrone at the bottom of the valley.
Returning to the parking lot, you can reach an open-air museum with the works of the sculptor Aurelio de Felice, a native of Torreorsina.
From here it is also possible to enjoy a panoramic view of the Marmore waterfall and the valley.