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- Caciolfa stone: a Fine-grained limestone of the Miocene age, in the Umbrian Apennines, easy to work.
- Serpuglio, or timo serpillo (Thymus serpyllum), a herb widespread in Nera Valley, corresponding to the Breckland thyme, wild thyme or creeping thyme.
- Strengozze: a special type of hand-made "poor" pasta, made with flour, water and salt, typical of the area of Spoleto, but that over time spread throughout Umbria, Marche and Lazio. The strengozze are made laying a pasta, between 2 and 4 mm thick, of wheat flour, then cut into strips of rectangular or square shape, of approximately 4 mm in width and about 30 cm long.
The shape is reminiscent of shoestrings, and some say the name derives from the strings that were used in the Papal States by the French revolutionaries to strangle the priests and would therefore be the result of a merger of "string" and "strangle", hence also the variants strozzapreti or strangolapreti.