Spoleto

Roman influences

Spoleto is located in the province of Perugia at the southern end of the Umbrian Valley or Valley of Spoleto (extended in ancient alluvial plain occupied by lakes Clitorius and Umber), developed on the low hilly promontory of the Hill St. Elias.

With its influences from the Roman era, Spoleto is an elegant lady embellished by the typical medieval streets. It was the Lombard Duchy and later a major center of the Papal States. Important sites are located such as the Arch of Drusus, 23 AD the Romanesque church of Sant’Ansano, the Roman Theater dating to the early Roman Empire, the Early Christian Basilica of San Salvatore of the fourth century, the Church of San Gregorio Maggiore with the apse and raised presbytery, the Church of San Domenico and the Church of St. Pontian both of the twelfth century, St. Peter’s Basilica with beautiful bas-reliefs that decorate the facade of the thirteenth century, the Roman bridge of three arches also known by the nickname “Bloody” and the Amphitheatre of the second century AD in addition to Eroli Chapel with frescoes by Pinturicchio and the Chapel of the Relics with the statue of the fourteenth century depicting the Madonna and Child.

The Roman Bridge Tower (Ponte delle Torri) erected by ten arches with a height of 80 metres and a length of 230 metres, connects the Castle of 1352 on the slopes of Monteluco overlooking the town. For the ancoreti that set up in this area from the seventh century, Monteluco was the sacred mountain par excellence, in fact, they founded the convent of St. Francis and the Church of San Giuliano a few kilometers from the city center.

The majestic cathedral built in the twelfth century with interiors of great value and its facade decorated with Byzantine mosaics, the Romanesque church of St. Euphemia of the twelfth century overlooking the staircase that leads to Piazza Duomo with its precious ornaments, in addition to Aronni Palace and the Church Santa Maria della Manna d’Oro.

The festivals of Spoleto

There are many events taking place in Spoleto, but we recall the Festival of Two Worlds or Spoleto Festival as an international show of cinema, theater, music, art, culture and dance that takes place every year in the city.