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Catacomba di Villa San Faustino. Massa Martana (PG)

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The Catacomba di Villa San Faustino lays in the locality of Grotta Traiana, near the small village of Villa San Giustino, in the Municipality of Massa Martana, at a short distance from the ancient route of Via Flaminia and Ponte Fonnaia Bridge. This is the sole Catacomb known in Umbria, and is a precious evidence of the spreading of Christianity, which had already arrived in Umbria around the 4th century A.D., by means of the Flaminian Way. The definitive arrangement of the entrance and the long gallery makes the visit easier. The gallery leads to the hypogeal chamber, based on the system of loculi—sepulchral niches—placed on the walls, which reflects the communitarian spirit animating the early Christians. Reported for the first time in 1691 by local scholars under the name of Grotte di Traiano—Traiano’s Caves—the catacombs were rediscovered in 1900, and around the early 1940s were the subject of two excavation campaigns, which uncovered the majority of the galleries that were later used as air-raid shelter during the WWII conflict [...]