Spoleto

Spoleto is situated in a strategic position overlooking the ancient “Via Flaminia”. The splendour of its Romanesque churches and the Umbrian-Roman remains attracts many visitors

HALF -DAY TOUR

Albornoz Fortress: it is an imposing military fortress and papal residence over the Flaminia road. In the interior one enjoys some interesting frescoes of courtly culture from the 14th century

Tower Bridge: a  powerful structure used both as aqueduct and walkway, admired by the German poet Goethe. This a good place where to begin the exploration of the town from.walking downhill enjoy the Splendid view on Monteluco, ancient sacred pagan wood and later seat for early Christian oriental hermits

Cathedral: it is a masterpiece of the Romanesque art. Its façade has ornate rose windows and a beautiful Byzantine mosaic. In the interior on the right aisle a rare 12th-century Crucifix of local school, on the apse a famous  cycle of frescoes by Fra Lippi (15th century) and on the right aisle a small chapel (Eroli) frescoed by Pinturicchio

The city tour includes: the Roman Theatre*, where the Spoleto festival is occasionally performed, close to the Archaeological Museum. Both can be visited (entrance fee); the triumphal  Arch of Druso and medieval church St. Ansano, built upon a Roman temple and an early Christian crypt (St. Isaac), complete the visit to the city
 
SUGGESTIONS FOR A FULL-DAY TOUR

St. Salvatore and St. Ponziano: two churches just outside the city wall; the first is the most ancient one in Umbria, it goes back to the 4the century and presents Lombard and early Christian testimonies; the second is part of an old Benedictine monastery and owns a crypt having fascinating frescoes

 
DURING YOUR FREE TIME
To be tasted: specialties with the precious black truffles, olive oil, cheese and porchetta.
 
SPECIAL DAYS IN SPOLETO

The Spoleto Festival, or Festival of the Two Worlds, is  the most famous art festival of Umbria and comprises many art forms: from theater, to concerts, to ballet, and painting. It is  held in Spoleto every year for two weeks between June and July.

Make a full-day tour, by adding to the Spoelto tour either Norcia, Cascia, Vallo di Nera, S.Pietro in Valle, Marmore or Spello!

*admission fee

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