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Spoleto

Spoleto

Spoleto is located at the southern end of the Umbrian Valley.

The town developed on the hill of Sant’Elia, a low hilly headland at the foot of Monteluco, near the river Clitunno, and further down up to the banks of the Tessino stream. Its eastern side is bordered by the mountains marking the Valnerina valley.

The birth of the Duchy of Spoleto dates back to 571 AD, following the feats of Faroald I, a Lombard officer at the head of the garrison controlling central Italy. The Lombards, a population from the Pannonian plain in Hungary, settled in Italy in 568.

“A well-fortified city, defended by a hundred towers”, it was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa in the mid-1100s. Nowadays, all its charm deriving from a centuries-old history is still intact.

Spoleto

Basilica di San Salvatore
BASILICA DI SAN SALVATORE Dedicated to the martyrs Concordius and Senzius, who were believed to have thaumaturgical virtues, the Basilica of San Salvatore is one of the most interesting monuments in Spoleto dating back to antiquity. The current name is found in a Benedictine documentRead more
The Former Spoleto-Norcia Railway Line
The Former Spoleto-Norcia Railway Line This is the first stage of a far more ambitious project, drawn up between 1909 and 1911, to connect the Spoleto Valley with the Tronto Valley. In 1912, the government of the Kingdom of Italy granted Società Subalpina di ImpreseRead more
Ponte delle Torri
PONTE DELLE TORRI As much as 80 metres high and about 230 metres long, the Ponte delle Torri is one of Spoleto’s iconic monuments. Made with local limestone elements and supported by nine piers connected by pointed arches, this is an elegant work of impressiveRead more
Albornoz Fortress
ALBORNOZ FORTRESS Built from 1359, the imposing fortress stands on Colle Sant’Elia and dominates the entire Spoleto valley. It was erected by order of Pope Innocent VI, at the time based in Avignon, to restore authority in the Papal States in central Italy. The projectRead more
Giro dei Condotti
GIRO DEI CONDOTTI “Nihil jucundius vidi valle mea spoletana”. These words, still carved in the marble of the viewpoint in Monteluco, were spoken by St. Francis. The so-called Giro dei Condotti, which owes its name to the fact that it partly follows the route ofRead more

Eggi

Eggi Castle
EGGI CASTLE Once through the gate of the castle, one can see traces of late 14th century frescoes on the outer wall of the church. One of the most striking ones is a huge fresco of St. Christopher protecting wayfarers and St. John the BaptistRead more
Church of Archangel Michael
Church of Archangel Michael The result of various extensions, the interior of the church can be regarded as a repertoire of Umbrian painting from the 14th and 15th century. This is where a series of paintings by an artist who was given the conventional nameRead more
Church of Madonna of Forgiveness
Church of Madonna of Forgiveness Throughout history, it was very common to turn to numerous saints to seek protection from disease, war and sudden death. Namely, three saints were invoked when the plague struck: St. Sebastian, St. Roch and St. Anthony Abbot, alternatively also St.Read more
Church of Saint John the Baptis
Church of Saint John the Baptis The plain facade features a portal with a rounded stone arch. The current appearance and shape of this small church is the result of numerous alterations. The interior of the church features devotional frescoes with an apse decorated betweenRead more
Villa Morelli or dei Pazzi
Villa Morelli or dei Pazzi Built in 1787 by the Morelli counts, a family from the castle of Montesanto, a hamlet in the area around Sellano. The family was related to the Pazzi family of Florence, who took part in the famous conspiracy against LorenzoRead more

Bazzano Inferiore

Pescara Spring
Pescara Spring A crossroads used by the people of Bazzano Superiore to replenish their water supplies. A village currently housing about 70 people, who in the past decades mainly relied on the income from the cultivation of olive trees.Read more
Pieve of Saint Andrew
Pieve of Saint Andrew Of Romanesque origin, the church was decorated with frescoes. Of the latter, the face of Christ, Madonna and Child and St. Andrew remain in the dome of the apse, currently the bell chamber. On the right wall are a 17th-century paintingRead more

Bazzano Superiore

Church of Santa Maria di Reggiano
Church of Santa Maria di Reggiano The church of Santa Maria di Reggiano, dated between the 12th and 13th century, is now inside a rural complex. It was an abbey in 1452. In front of the church’s facade is an arcade featuring arches of differentRead more
Church of San Pietro in Serpillo o in Serpullo
Church of San Pietro in Serpillo o in Serpullo It was already standing in the 14th century, though it is probably older. Little remains of the original building, the current structure is the result of an 18th or early 19th-century renovation, probably by Valadier. DaRead more
Church of Santa Maria
Church of Santa Maria Romanesque, dating back to the 12th-13th century. The building has a gable facade and roof with trestle beams. The rose window was lost and only the opening remains. The portal has a semi-circular window above it. The interior, which has beenRead more
Reggiano Hospice (15th-16th Centuries)
Reggiano Hospice (15th-16th Centuries The hospice was owned by the abbey nearby. The existence of the hospice has been documented since 1470, when the prior of the abbey granted it to the nobleman Onofrio di Nicola Pianciani, who paid for it at piece rate. TheRead more
Via della Spina (Spina Stream)
Via della Spina (Spina Stream) Since Roman times, and perhaps even earlier, the road – whose current name comes from the Spina stream running parallel to it for a stretch – connected Spoleto to the Adriatic Sea through the pass of Colfiorito. This is whyRead more
MAMa Umbria International
MAMa UMBRIA INTERNATIONAL MAMa Umbria International is an artistic retreat founded in 1990 by Ellen Stewart, artistic director of the “La MaMa E.T.C.” theatre in New York. A cultural centre that curated events for The Festival of Two Worlds of Spoleto. In recent years, itRead more
Villa Benedetti Massi
VILLA BENEDETTI MASSI A large complex with a vast park adorned with ancient trees and a canal with an octagonal fountain. From here one can admire a rare example of Taxus baccata with an extraordinary two-metre-wide circumference. The manor was built in the first halfRead more

Silvignano

Church of Saint John the Evangelist
Church of Saint John the Evangelist The design of the south wall of the church leaves no doubt about the Romanesque origin of this building. A structure with ashlars arranged in rows and a full arch door against square blocks of stone. The facade isRead more

Poreta

Poreta Castle
PORETA CASTLE Located along a slope at 470 metres above sea level, the medieval Poreta Castle stands over the entire plain between Spoleto and Trevi. It is estimated that the first settlement was built in the Early Middle Ages, when the population left the plain,Read more
Church of San Cristoforo
Church of San Cristoforo The interior houses a 17th-century painting with Our Lady of the Rosary and a 16th-century wooden crucifix, above the altar is the 18th-century painting with St. Christopher. The sacristy houses a 17th-century stone baptismal font and a 16th-century stone tabernacle withRead more
Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia
Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia The church has a single nave with three altars. St. Sebastian, St. Roch and Madonna with Child, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Dominic and St. Anthony Abbot are portrayed here. The current design is the result of a radicalRead more

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