Spello

Spello

Spello is located at the foot of Mt. Subasio. It is characterized by the houses made of red stone extracted from the same mountain. This town is situated on a rocky hill and has an oblong form – elevated in the middle and sloping at the sides. It is beautiful to see from the valley below and there are also wonderful views of the Umbrian valley for those who are strolling along its small alleys. Its Roman, medieval and modern history with excellent historical monuments attracts tourists from all over the world. Spello can be reached following the footsteps of the monk Carlo Carretto dedicating time exclusively to the spirit. The old town has a medieval touch with its narrow alleys and small streets winding around the well-preserved stone buildings. Porta Venere, Porta Consolare and Porta Urbicale are the three Augustan gates that enclose the town. Well-worth visiting are the marvellous frescos by Pinturicchio in the Baglioni Chapel of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Events

The Sunday after Corpus Domini
Infiorata in occasione della Festa del Corpus Domini (Corpus Domini flower show)

The Spello flower show: it is composed of about 1,500 metres of ‘mats’ made out of flowers inspired by religious motives laid all along the town streets. The origin of the Spello artistic flower shows dates back to about 1930, when it is said that a woman created a simple decoration with broom and fennel. The decoration was so successful that the year after she tried to improve it and other families too wanted to copy the talented lady’s work. At the beginning, the prizes for the winners were meagre, but later with the participation of sponsors, the participants increased. Money-prizes are awarded together with the “Properzio Award” that is a bronze statuette awarded to the group of flower-weavers that wins the prize for three times in a ro.


May
18_Saint Felice patron saint’s day
Tuesday after Easter
Easter and “Sbecicca” event

Handcraft

Wrought iron: skilled craftsmen are continually required for wrought iron works in order to meet the demand of an ever-increasing market. Wrought iron craftsmen are able to advise customers on the choice of the finished product and can personalize dimensions, shapes and finishing because the product comes straight from their hands. Curtain staffs, accessories, e.g. table lamps, objects created from the union of valuable materials such as crystal with iron inlays and different types of chairs. There are numerous ideas for furnishing houses, hotels and period residences. The principle techniques used, especially for the production of beds, is hot felling and banding. There are particular objects as well like wrought-iron flowers fitted on bases made of pink stone from Assisi.

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