Cascia

Infobox CityIT
img_coa = Stemma-Cascia.gif
official_name = Comune di Cascia
region = Umbria
province = Perugia (PG)
elevation_m = 653
area_total_km2 =181.09
name=Cascia
img_coa_small=yes
mapx=42.779|mapy=13.0175
population_as_of = 2007
population_total = 3245
population_density_km2 =
timezone = CET, UTC+1
coordinates = coord|42|43|N|13|10|E
frazioni = see list
telephone = 0743
postalcode = 06043
gentilic =Casciani
saint = St. Rita of Cascia
day = May 22
mayor = Gino Emili



website = [http://www.comune.cascia.pg.it www.comune.cascia.pg.it ]

Cascia is a town and "comune" (township) of the Italian province of Perugia in a rather remote area of the mountainous southeastern corner of Umbria. It is about 21 km from Norcia on the road to Rieti in the Lazio (63 km).

History

the modern territory of Cascia was the home of the Roman settlement of "Carsulae", destroyed in the 1st century BC by an earthquake. In the Middle Ages it was sacked by the Byzantines and the Lombards, and was later a fief of the Trinci family. It was occupied by Papal troops in the 15th century, and thenceforth it was a Papal town until the unification of Italy in 1860.

Cascia was the home of Saint Rita of Cascia, who was born in the nearby "frazione" of Roccaporena in 1381 and died there in 1457. After her canonization in 1900, a large shrine was built in Cascia, which is still an important place of pilgrimage; and the house where she was born may still be visited.

"Frazioni"

Atri, Avendita, Buda, Castel San Giovanni, Castel Santa Maria, Cerasola, Chiavano, Civita, Colforcella, Collegiacone, Colmotino, Coronella, Fogliano, Logna, Maltignano, Ocosce, Onelli, Opagna, Poggio Primocaso, Roccaporena, San Giorgio, Santa Anatolia, Trognano, Villa San Silvestro, Santa Trinità, Fustagna, Piandoli, Giappiedi, Capanne di Collegiacone, Sciedi, Valdonica, Capanne di Roccaporena, Tazzo, Manigi, Serviglio, Colle Santo Stefano, Puro, Palmaiolo.

External links

* [http://www.umbria.org/ita/citta/dir/default26.html Umbria.Org - Article about Cascia] (in Italian)
* [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Places/Europe/Italy/Umbria/Perugia/Cascia/Cascia/home.html Bill Thayer's site - Article about Cascia]

"(Incorporates text from Bill Thayer's site, by permission.)"


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