Giove, Umbria

For the navigation satellites, see GIOVE. For other uses, see Giove (disambiguation).
Comune di Giove

Coat of arms

Location of Giove in Italy

Coordinates: 42°31′N 12°20′E / 42.517°N 12.333°E / 42.517; 12.333
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province / Metropolitan city Terni (TR)
  Mayor Alvaro Parca
  Total 15.19 km2 (5.86 sq mi)
Elevation 292 m (958 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
  Total 1,922
  Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Giovesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 05024
Dialing code 0744
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day 24 June
Website Official website

Giove is a comune in the province of Terni (Umbria, central Italy).


The first reference in a historical document which mentions the Castel di Juvo, including its location overlooking the Tiber Valley, dates to 1191. The castle was part of lands fought over by the lords of Alviano and the Roman Catholic Church. In 1481 Pope Sixtus IV gave the fief of to Lucrezia Appiani of Aragon, widow of Pino III Ordelaffi. The castle and lands are purchased by the Farnese family in 1514. They sell the fief of Giove for 65,000 scudi to the Mattei brothers Ciriaco and Asdrubale; the transfer was confirmed by Pope Clement VIII.

In 1643 Pope Urban VIII issued a papal bull recognising Giove as a Duchy of the Mattei, thus making Girolamo Mattei, Duca di Giove. The arrival of Napoleon's troops in the territory in 1796, led to Giove becoming part of the Trasimeno department, directly dependent on the imperial government of France. After the fall of Napoleon, Giove returned to the Papal States and the House of Mattei. It was annexed to the newly formed Kingdom of Italy in 1860.


  1. All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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