Allerona: Within the walls of an Umbrian hilltown

    Elizabeth heath
    24 Oct 2017
    Clock 30min      Length1mi
    1 rating

    Poor Gugliemo!

    Pay wave

    Keep going up the ramp.

    As you do, have a peek in the first doorway. The courtyard is now private, but this is the original entrance to the palace. The herringbone pavement is presumably from 1275, when the palace was constructed.

    Keep walking and look up at the sculpted face above you.

    Paolo tells me the legend is that this is the face of Gugliemo, a man who was held prisoner here. The green door in front of you is to a private home that once functioned as the jail. The cells with their wooden, slotted doors are still in there. So poor Gugliemo was apparently beheaded for his crime, whatever that may have been. And he allegedly haunts the former jail. It's much more likely that the effigy affixed to the wall is a medieval waterspout.

    If you wish, lift up the big green metal lid to your left. It covers the original well that served both the palace and the village. There's still plenty of water in it, not that anyone would want to drink it! Above the well is a corniced doorway. This is where the servants of the castle drew water from the well.


    When you're ready, head back down the ramp and exit the piazza, taking the street that forks to the right.