Spello

A medieval village between mountains and hills

Spello is a medieval borough perched on a spur of Mount Subasio, about thirty kilometers from Perugia and five kilometers from the nearby town of Foligno. The territory stretches out from mountains, hills, and plains rich in fertile soil suitable for the cultivation of cereals, vines, and olive trees from where is produced the famous extra virgin olive oil.

In the village, local markets are held weekly in addition to numerous folklore events like the Flower Festival of Corpus Christi, where artists are assembled in the streets and show off their works devoted to religious events made ​​with flower petals, in addition to the oil festival. These events will take place during May, June, December, and January.

Spello also has several Roman and Renaissance works, such as the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with inside the chapel of the noble family Baglioni, frescoes of the Italian painter Bernardino di Betto Betti, better known as Pinturicchio. The remains of the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre are within the medieval walls where the Porta Consolare and Porta Urbica (doors) are perfectly preserved. The streets of the center are decorated with ancient palaces and castles whose structures have changed over the centuries.

The beauties of Spello

There are many things to see such as the walls made of small parallelepiped blocks of pink Subasio limestone with an extension of one kilometer and eight hundred meters of which more than half is well preserved. Currently, there are five Roman gates that constitute access to the city; the posterules are three which constituted pedestrian crossings between the interior and exterior of the city and also served as a defensive function. The Consular Gate is of triumvirate age; the Porta Urbica also called (S. Ventura) for the adjacent church of the same name; Porta Venere; Porta dell’Arce, also known by the name of the “Capuchins” for the proximity of the Capuchin Convent; Arch of Augustus; the forum area; the collection of archaeological materials visible at the Town Hall; the Domus Romana (polychrome mosaic); the Villa near the Consular Gate; the Roman suburban Villa Rustica of the I-II century. A.D.; the thermal environments of the Villa; the amphitheater; the Thermal Building and the Sanctuary.