17th Century Manuscript Traces Templar Knights Treasure to Heretical Umbria

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17th Century Manuscript Traces Templar Knights Treasure to Heretical Umbria

A link to the treasures of the Templar Knights have come to light by way of a 17th-century manuscript, discovered by a historian, Giovanni Tomassini, in the small village originally called Ferentum illi, (now known as Ferentillo), nestled in the green valleys of Umbria near the Nera river, not far from the city of Terni in Italy. 

The picturesque Ferentillo (Image: Author provided)

The picturesque Ferentillo (Image: Author provided)

History Of Ferentillo

Ferentillo has an ancient history. The Nera valley was already inhabited in pre-Roman times by the Naharki people, a curious tribe belonging to what Pliny defined as gens antiquissima (very ancient gens). Even in Roman times the area enjoyed prominence as it was located near the Via Flaminia, which was built on the ancient route that led from the Salto del Cieco to Rome. The village, whose genesis is to be connected to the history of the nearby Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, belonged to the noble Cybo family until the 18th century, when it was inherited by the Montevecchio and then, by decision of the Apostolic Chamber and Pope Pius IX, it was granted to the Frenchman Louis Désiré de Montholon-Sémonville, until it was definitively annexed, after the wars of independence, by the Kingdom of Italy in 1860. Aside from its long history, the entire territory has an enigmatic aura that stubbornly challenges any attempt to demystify it. Ferentillo, is located near Spoleto, famous for having been the seat of the Cathars and Anglicans and a secular role player on the side of the Catholic Church of Rome. 

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