Spoleto

Spoleto

Rich in monuments, beautiful churches and charming places, Spoleto, whose own history dates back to Roman times spanning over more than 2500 years. It was first a flourishing longobard Duchy, and then an important city within the Papal State.

Duomo

Duomo

The Duomo is one of Spoleto's finest sights. Begun in the twelfth century, the delicate-looking cathedral is set against a backdrop of hills and valleys. The Duomo is an amalgam of styles, and boasts an apse frescoed by Fra Filippo Lippi, whose tomb lies in the church.

san salvatore

San Salvatore (7th or 8th century?)

Church on the site of an early Christian cemetery in which two saints were apparently buried: St Concordius, and St Senzius in the 5th century. 

1064 - earliest documentation of present church, when it was dedicated to St Concordius and belonged to a community of nuns;

1235-63 - belonged to the Augustinian hermits who subsequently moved to San Nicolò (below); subsequently passed to a series of (mostly female) communities;

1624 - passed to an order of reformed Augustinian canons, by which time it was more generally known as SS Crocifisso;

1860 - became known as San Salvatore (on shaky historical grounds); subsequently de-consecrated;

1906 restored.

san pietro

Tower's Bridge
By taking a left before you reach the Rocca, you find yourself on a panoramic walk which encircles the summit. The pastoral views are complemented by modern sculptures to make the stroll more varied. After a few minutes you reach a steep wooded gorge. A massive bridge spans the chasm, the Ponte delle Torri. 755 feet long and 262 feet high, built in the fourteenth century, and defended by towers (hence the name), this functioned as both a bridge and aqueduct; apparently a route led directly up to the Rocca to allow for quick escapes over the gorge in times of siege.

Arch of Drusus and Germanicus
Made of large stone blocks in A.D. 24, once formed the entrance to the Roman forum, the present Piazza del Mercato (market place), located near the Romanesque Chiesa D'Ansano.

Church of St. Gregorio Maggiore
In the large Piazza Garibaldi in the northern part of the town the Romanesque church of San Gregorio Maggiore, consecrated in 1146, has a 16th century porch and an interesting interior with old frescoes.

Casa Romana

Rocca

 

Teatro Nuovo

San Pietro  (12th century)

Bishop Achilles (died ca. 420) built the first church on the lower slopes of Monteluco; he was buried here, as were many of his immediate successors;

1128 - a college of canons existed at San Pietro by this time: it presumably built the present church;

1329 - Ghibelline faction in Spoleto burned the church; it was rebuilt over the following 70 years;

1699 - interior of the church was re-modeled; fine facade of the 12th century church survives

Teatro Romano

Roman Theatre
On the Piazza della Libertà are the remains of a Roman theater (first century B.C.), which could accommodate 3,000 spectators, dating to the earliest days of the Roman empire. It has "disappeared" at various times over the centuries, but has been excavated once again and made functional. Near the amphitheater lies the entrance to the Spoleto Archeological Museum.

Albornoziana Fortress
A Papal fortress which was used as a prison until the 1980s The views are incredible, and the interiors are also interesting. There are some good surviving frescoes (sadly most were whitewashed out of existence during the prison era), including one that portrays Arthurian-type chivalric myth. As well as original and restored features, you can also see where the former cells were.