Spello Travel Guide

  • Spello
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  • View of Assisi from Spello's Belvedere
    View of Assisi from Spello's Belvedere
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  • Porta dell’ Arce, Spello
    Porta dell’ Arce, Spello
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Spello Things to Do

  • Belvedere & Porta dell’ Arce

    At the highest point of your walk in the town you are likely to come, as we did, to the Belevedere. Here you can relax after the climb and look out at the classic Umbrian scene laid out before you. In the immediate foreground you will see the remains of a semi-excavated Roman amphitheatre (photo 3) – the same one where the statues now adorning the...

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  • Other churches

    While Santa Maria Maggiore is the most well-known and noteworthy of the churches in Spello there are many others, and several of these caught my eye. We weren’t able to go in any of these however as they were all closed – possibly, being a Sunday, the churches had closed after Mass and would not reopen until the Monday.Many of the churches here are...

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  • Santa Maria Maggiore

    The best-known of Spello’s many churches is this, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. According to historical sources there was a church on this site as early as 1085, which is thought to have been built over an ancient temple dedicated to Juno and Vesta. The current building was completed in 1287, but was further extended in 1644 by Master...

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  • A walk through the streets

    If like us you enter the town at its lowest point, through the Porta Consolare, your route will take you gradually uphill along the Via Consolare, which soon becomes the Via Garibaldi running through the heart of the old town. There is plenty to attract you along this street – Renaissance churches, an attractive Town Hall, intriguing galleries and...

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  • City walls and gates: Porta Venere

    Another of Spello’s significant Roman gates is the Porta Venere or “Gate of Venus”, on the west side of Spello, piercing the wall as it climbs up the hill-side. This was named after a nearby temple dedicated to that goddess. Like the Porta Consolare it was added to in medieval times, but in the early 20th century was stripped of these later...

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  • City walls and gates: Porta Consolare

    Spello was once Hispellum, a luxury retirement colony for Roman army veterans. It was surrounded by some unusually fine walls, parts of which remain - along with six gates and assorted other traces of that time.We entered the old town through the Porta Consolare which dates back to the 1st century BC. It has been added to over the years, most...

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  • Walk around and Explore

    Spello is a good town to get lost in. You'll always find a pretty street or a friendly local that is more than willing to chat you up.

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  • The Romans were here

    Spello has more remnants of the Roman era than any other Umbrian town. Everyway you go you can see the Roman's handywork. I was told by a local that all the streets in Spello are as wide as a Roman's ox cart.

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  • The "Belvedere" offers scenic Views

    Take a walk to the back side of Spello to the The "Belvedere". It's a terrace that overlooks the Topino river valley and surrounding hills. This spot offers a beautiful panorama of the countryside.

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Spello Hotels

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  • Terme Francescane Village

    Via delle acque , Spello 06038, Perugia, Italy

    Good for: Business

  • La Bastiglia

    via Dei Molini 7, Spello, 06038, Italy

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Il Cacciatore

    Via Giulia, 42, Spello, 06038, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Spello Restaurants

  • The essential gelato

    As we all know, sightseeing even at its most leisurely can be hot and thirsty work, and refreshment stops are essential. For me in Italy this can mean only one thing: gelati! So we were very happy to spot this inviting gelateria just off the main street and to stop to enjoy a treat. There was a large range of flavours available, as you might...

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  • Great food and a view to match

    This restaurant was a real find! Looking for lunch we wandered just off the main street, the Via Garibaldi, and spotted a sign advertising a terrace with a view. That sounded promising, as did the menu displayed outside, so in we went to check it out. The restaurant itself was very smart-looking and largely deserted – it might well be a good choice...

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Spello Local Customs

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    by toonsarah Written May 22, 2010

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    This little shrine is one for all us VT-ers who travel with a camera fixed almost constantly at our eye! When I saw the inscription that said that Veronica was the patron saint of photographers I was a little surprised as I had never heard this before and was puzzled as to how a saint could have become associated with a relatively recent and technological invention. I resolved to do some research on my return, but before I could do so I found myself watching a TV quiz show in which the name of Saint Veronica came up, and immediately the penny dropped. Veronica was of course the pious woman of Jerusalem who was moved with pity as Jesus passed by carrying his cross to Golgotha. She used her veil to wipe his brow and the image of his face was miraculously imprinted on it, just as a photograph might be. Maybe that could even be seen as the very first photograph, taken not by a person but by God? It certainly explains how Veronica came to be associated with the art of photography.

    Santa Veronica

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Spello Off The Beaten Path

  • Prettiest town in Umbria - Spoleto

    About an hour from Spello by car, and well worth the drive. The drive to Spoletto is quite scenic in and of itself, plus when you arrive you'll be treated to a lovely town with spectacular scenery behind the city. Umbria's jewel. Check out my VT page on Spoleto.http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/69457/22b36/

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  • Day trip to Assisi

    Assisi is gorgeous and not to be missed. Only 20-30 minutes from Spello Stay away from Assisi on religious holidays and weekends due to the hordes of tourists.Please check out my Assisi page for more tips and photos.The food in Assisi is rather good. Look for wonderful pizza and rum raisen cheesecake....

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  • Visit Gubbio

    I did not get here on my trip, but I wish I had. About an hour by car from Spello. It's another very historic and beautiful town. Next time I'm in Umbria I will not miss Gubbio.

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