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Terni is a city in the southern portion of Umbria in central Italy. The city is the capital of the province of Terni, located in the plain of the Nera river. It is 104 kilometres (65 miles) northeast of Rome.

It was founded as an Ancient Roman town.

During the 19th century, steel mills were introduced and led the city to have a role in the second industrial revolution in Italy. Because of its industrial importance, the city was heavily bombed during World War II by the Allies. It still remains an industrial hub, and has been nicknamed "The Steel City" and the "Italian Manchester".

Terni also advertises itself as a "City of Lovers", as its patron saint, Saint Valentine, was born and became a bishop here and the remains are preserved in the basilica-sanctuary in his honor.

Main sights

  • Roman amphitheater: once capable of 10,000 spectators, built in 32 BC.
  • Porta Sant'Angelo: one of the four Ancient Roman Gates to the city, much restored.
  • Terni Cathedral (DuomoCattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) (17th century). Built over one of the most ancient Christian edifices of the city, it has today Baroque lines. In the interior is one organ designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The belfry is from the 18th century. The façade has two mediaeval gates: one of them has the profile of a sabot once used to measure the citizen's shoes in order to ensure that they did not exceed a fixed limit of decency.
  • San Francesco – 13th-century church
  • The Basilica of S. Valentino.
  • Palazzo Mazzancolli is one of the few remains of the Middle Ages past of the city.
  • Palazzo Gazzoli (18th century), housing the City's Gallery with works by Pierfrancesco d'AmeliaBenozzo GozzoliGerolamo Troppa and Orneore Metelli.
  • Palazzo Spada (16th century), designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. It is the current Town Hall.
  • Cascata delle Marmore
  • The Romanesque churches: