THE STYLISH SPOLETO IS ONE OF MOST CHARMING CITY IN UMBRIA, A PLACE OF UNIQUE BEAUTY.
The historic center has maintained its medieval appearance, although traces of its Roman heritage are still visible. Spoleto’s most ancient monuments are the Arch of Drusus and Germanicus, a Roman arch that led into the forum (now Piazza del Mercato),, the Roman theater, and the Basilica of San Salvatore
The town’s greatest monument is the Duomo (Cathedral). Built in the Romanesque style in the 12th century, it was subsequently modified with the addition of a Renaissance portico to the façade, which is decorated with a large Byzantine-style mosaic (1207). Inside are many excellent works of art, including a fresco of the Madonna and Saints by Pinturicchio, the bronze bust of Urban VIII by Bernini, and an extraordinary fresco cycle by Filippo Lippi.
In a dominant position over Narni and Gole del Nera there is Rocca Albornoziana, a fortress Cardinal Egidio Albornoz had built starting in 1352 to a design by Matteo Gattaponi, to the slopes of the mountain, Monteluco, overlooking the town. This area of pristine nature has a wood considered sacred by the anchorites who settled here starting in the 7th century and later founded the Convent of San Francesco (1218) and the Church of San Giuliano. Returning to the town proper, deserving of a visit are the Palazzo
One way to reach Rocca Albornoziana is the magnificent Ponte delle Torri is an imposing structure, about 230 metres long and 80 high, made from local limestone and adjoining Sant’Elia hill and Monteluco.
|It can be reached from Piazza Campello by heading down Via del Ponte, which runs alongside the wall of the Rocca Albornoziana fortress.