The Old Valente House,
Via San Nicola, Gambatesa
On the floor reached by the stairs and balcony of the Valente house, only the door over the archway is the original one; the other door (i.e. the one to the right) was added later.
The lower tunnel door (i.e. the arched doorway) opens into a large basement that housed all the horses and donkeys of the Valente.
Photograph by Angelo Abiuso (Geneva), 3 August 2002 at 11:30 AM
To the left of the apse, in the rear wall of the Church of San Nicola there is a dark circle. This was a gun hole, a place for shooting a gun through. Perhaps it is there because this end of Via San Nicola was an entry way to the village and in those days even monks had to fight off brigands. It is the only one Angelo knows of in Gambatesa.
Related page: another photograph of the old Valente house in Via San Nicola, from August 2002. That photograph shows the entire Valente house, which used to include the white house in the photograph above.
Location of this photograph (no. 3) ...
- Entering Gambatesa from the southeast (the road that leads to the cemetery) and looking towards the Church of San Nicola, these are the first houses in Via San Nicola.
This is the old house of Luca Valente's brother Donato and later of Luca's son Francesco Valente in Vicolo di San Nicola ("Saint Nicholas Lane").
- Two photographs of the old Valente house in Via San Nicola. The other photograph of the old Valente house in Via San Nicola.
- This is the view looking toward the front of the Church of San Nicola and down Via San Nicola to Vicolo di San Nicola.
- The Church of and Monastery of Saint Nicholas (Chiesa e monastero di San Nicola).
The above map is based on the Street map of the village center of Gambatesa. This map is the lower right corner, marked number 11, of that map.
The URL of this Web page: https://www.roangelo.net/valente/2casaval.html
Last revised: 28 October 2004 : 2004-10-28 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.