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 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 like the walls made of small rectangular blocks of limestone rose Subasio with an extension of a kilometer and eight hundred meters of which over half is preserved. Currently, the Roman gates that form the entrance to the city are five; the posterule are three which formed the walkways between the inside and the outside of the city and also used as a defensive function. The Porta Consolare is old triumvirate, Porta Urbica also called (S. Ventura) to the adjacent church of that name; Porta Venere; Porta dell’Arce also known as the “Cappuccini” to the vicinity of the Convent of the Capuchins; arch of Augustus, the Forum area, the collection of archaeological material visible at the Palazzo Comunale, the Domus Romana (polychrome mosaic), the Villa next door to the Porta Consolare, and the Roman Villa Rustica suburban I-II cent. AD; the thermal environments of the Villa, the Amphitheatre, the thermal Building and the Sanctuary.