Spoleto

Spoleto is an Umbrian city surrounded by hills, olive trees and vineyards that allows the visitor to take a real dip in the past. Enclosed within a very large plain, the city developed on the Sant’Elia hill and then continued towards the areas of Monteluco and up to the banks of the Tessino. An eclectic destination where you can relax but also have fun, or even take the opportunity to visit the countless palaces, towers and bridges scattered throughout the territory.

Here are the main ones:

  • Rocca Albornoziana which is located on the top of Mount Sant’Elia and overlooks the city;
  • Arch of Drusus and Germanicus which allows access to the Forum of Spoleto;
  • Palazzo Rosari-Spada , built between ‘600 and’ 700 and houses the Textile Museum of Spoleto . Inside you can admire the paths and the evolution of fashion over the years. In fact, we find the exhibition of textile products from all over the world over the years, from the United States to Turkey to China and Persia;
  • Roman Theater dating back to the 1st century AD. C. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum of Spoleto and is used for various concerts and shows, the most important of which is the Festival dei due mondi ;
  • Roman amphitheater complex, almost the size of a city, was discovered in the early 1900s. It is formed by the remains of a Roman amphitheater, two cloisters, courtyards, gardens and two monasteries which include the churches of: SS Stefano and Tommaso and the church of San Gregorio Minore. Click here to find out more.

In addition to all these historical jewels, Spoleto is also an interesting tourist attraction for those who love nature. It is therefore possible to hike and cross places with beautiful vegetation to admire.

The main excursions proposed to visitors are two:

  • Tour of the Condotti , which owes its name to the fact that the itinerary follows the pipelines of the city’s aqueducts. The walk takes place on flat ground where you can admire junipers, wild roses, cyclamen, brambles and ferns. The tour includes the crossing of the Ponte delle Torri and allows you to reach the Fortilizio dei Mulini , the path to the Monastery , the Church of San Ponziano , the Basilica of San Salvatore , nominated as a UNESCO heritage site in 2011.
  • Monteluco walk , which takes place for eight kilometers in the Sacred Wood of Monteluco, under the beautiful holm oaks, the prevailing vegetation of the wood. The sacred wood is famous for having been inhabited by hermits in the early years of Christianity. Along the way you can admire the convent of San Francesco built by the Saint in 1218, and inhabited by himself. Finally, from the belvedere you can admire all the beauty of the Spoleto valley, which make this mystical place in a truly moving religious atmosphere.

Finally, there is the unmissable ” celery of Trevi “, with a very good tender heart to be tasted raw, seasoned with the very good Trevi oil. Among the other specialties we remember the Strettura bread , the black truffle, the trout of the Nera river, grilled meats and typical sweets: gingerbread and crescionda .

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