Spoleto Travel Guide

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Spoleto Things to Do

  • Frescos by Filippo Lippi - his last...

    The apse of Spoleto cathedral is decorated with a beautiful - and recently restored - fresco cycle by Filippo Lippi which shows scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. The frescos show the Annunciation - when Mary learns that she has been chosen to bear the son of God, a Nativity scene, the death of Mary and the Coronation of Mary surrounded by...

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  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

    Walking through the - quite steep and winding - streets of Spoleto a visitor can come across the cathedal, which is set in a peaceful square, quite suddenly. It was rebuilt at the end of the 12th century and the facade is decorated with a beautiful mosaic and a rose window. The columns at the main entrance are elaborately carved with birds and...

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  • Chiesa di S. Ansano

    This church is situated just off Piazza Mercato, the old Roman Forum. It is built upon the foundations of a Roman temple and shop, as some fragments of walls and part of a column show. The church was built in the 12th century, but its present appearance dates from a makeover in the 18th century.There are two good reasons to visit this church: one...

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  • Roman theatre & Archaeological museum

    Spoleto's Roman theatre (1st century AD) didn't stand the tooth of time undamaged. On the contrary, a church and convent were built over the theatre in the Middle Ages, which gives the place a disorderly appearance nowadays. You can see most of the theatre through the railings at Piazza della Libertà and for most tourists this will probably be...

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  • San Salvatore

    San Salvatore is one of the oldest churches in Italy still in existence. Its origins date back to the 4th century, but the building was restored in the 8th century. This makes it a rare example of Lombard art. It's clear to see that the church was built in Roman times, many columns and other ornaments were taken from other buildings and...

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  • Casa Romana

    Close to Piazza del Mercato, which used to be the forum, the remains of a Roman house were found in the 19th century. It is claimed to have belonged to Vespasia Polla, mother of emperor Vespasianus, but this is far from certain. Whoever the owner was, the remnants give a good impression of the lay-out of an aristocratic Roman villa from the 1st...

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  • Duomo - Santa Maria Assunta: outside

    Arguably the most famous monument of Spoleto, the Duomo is beautifully situated at the bottom of a sloping square. It's an example of the Romanesque style, but many alterations were made later, especially during the Renaissance. The church was consecrated in 1198, when it was rebuilt after a devastating visit by Barbarossa.The façade is very...

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  • Duomo - Santa Maria Assunta: inside

    Much of the interior of the Duomo fell victim to renovations in the 17th century, which robbed the church of most of its charm. Fortunately, the original marble floor and the wonderful frescoes in the central apse survived. The latter were painted by the Florentine artist Filippo Lippi and his assistants Fra' Diamanti and Pier Matteo. On the lower...

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  • The roman theatre

    Built in the 1st century AD, with a diameter 70 metres long, the structure was long buried underground and not easily identifiable because of the various medieval buildings that had arisen around it; it was totally restored only in 1954. One can admire part of the old flooring and other remains. Important cultural events are held in it each year.

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  • The roman bridge

    The so-called Ponte Sanguinario was built in the 1st century BC, in the period when the Via Flaminia was improved by order of Augusto: formed from large blocks of travertine, it is 24 metres long, 4,5 metres wide and 8 metres high, divided into three arches; now it is in part subterranean. According to what some history scholars say, the name...

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  • Santa Eufemia Church

    Its entrance is situated in the courtyard of the Archbishop's Residence; the building, dating back probably to the 12th century, is rather interesting: in Romanesque style, it has a simple façade, the interior divided into three naves with three apses, and, the only one in Umbria, women's galleries.

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  • The Duomo

    The magnificent Duomo of Spoleto, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, was built at the end of the 12th century, in Romanesque style, in the place of the old cathedral destroyed by Barbarossa in 1155, and was consecrated by Innocenzo III in 1198. The facade, divided into three vertical compartments, presents in the lower part a splendid Romanesque...

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  • The Bridge

    Ponte dele Torri, a lovely 14 th century bridge behind the town. Don't miss it. It is a beautiful medieval bridge nestled in some lovely hills. There is a 12th century church on the other side of the bridge that you can also explore.

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  • Piazza del Duomo

    Lovely Piazza that takes you by surprise. You walk up to it on a blind turn, then you see the church. I thought it was very impressive.

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  • Interior of the 12th Century Duomo

    If you're in Spoleto don't miss the interior of the Duomo. The Piazza del Duomo which sits in front of the church is lovely, and at first when you walk into the church the interior seems out of context, it's much too bright and lavishly Baroque. However if you walk to the back of the church to the aspe, you'll see the lovely 15h century fresco by...

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  • Ponte delle Torri

    This bridge is incredible! You MUST walk along it when in Spoleto. I was amazed how in medieval times they could build something so high!

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  • The Roman Theatre

    Like many old Italian cities, Spoleto comes with a Roman theatre. In the summer many concerts take place here; the classical music festival is one of the largest.

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  • Scalinata Fonte Secca

    This stairway is at the end of Via Fonte Secca...couldn't you lean against the steps here, eating a slice of pizza or enjoying gelato?

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Spoleto Hotels

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  • Palazzo Dragoni

    We are here for 2 nights. The rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, modern bathrooms. The hosts...

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  • Hotel San Luca

    San Luca is a sweet hotel that used to be a Villa, set in a very quiet part of Spoleto. The grounds...

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  • Aurora

    This three star hotel is a good choice if you want to stay in the centre of town. The rooms are...

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Spoleto Restaurants

  • You have to go there!

    This restaurant is situated in the centre of Spoleto,in via Filitteria 43,near it you can see a wonderful Spoleto view and you can also seat on the outside part of the restaurant. I've eaten "Strangozzi al tartufo",a typical spoleto home made pasta with truffle and oils,so good! And then a particular kind of Pork with Red Wine called "Filetto di...

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  • Charming, Romantic, Friendly & Good Food

    During our week-long driving trip through Tuscany and Umbria, we spent one evening in Spoleto. There's not much to see or do in Spoleto and there aren't very many dining options in town, but while wandering around we decided to pop in this restaurant to eat dinner. The owner / chef greeted us warmly and welcomed us with open arms. The restaurant...

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  • Best Chef and Best Food in Spoleto!

    Owned by the Patrizi family, this restaurant will give you far more than you pay for!The "tourist menu" is authentic and wonderful. It changes every day and is a GREAT value if you want to sample the local cuisine. The staff is great and they handle large groups with the attention you deserve.They make their OWN balsamic vinegar that you will want...

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Spoleto Transportation

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    by pigletsmom Written Jan 23, 2004

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    Parking in Spoleto is a a pain.
    Try parking at the train station and taking
    the bus up the hill to Spoleto.
    It will save you from driving with very
    assertive locals and maneuvering your car on
    very narrow streeets.

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Spoleto Shopping

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    by pigletsmom Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Gorgeous pottery stores. Very nice selection.

    What to buy: Anything, it's all lovely

    What to pay: It was a little more expensive, but better quality, and more diverse selection.

    Beautiful Pottery

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Spoleto Local Customs

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    by erictilley Written Sep 7, 2004

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    After enjoying the fare at the Trattoria del Festival, you might want to head back to your bed for a nice little nap, or "Siesta."

    Most of the shops close down after lunch and don't re-open until about 4 or so. It's the perfect time to stretch out and catch some rays or just snooze in the shade. It's also a great time to get some nice photos without so many pesky tourists in the shots, but keep in mind that most attractions are closed as well, so as they say, "When in Spoleto, do as the Spoletinis do!"

    More pics later...

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Spoleto Off The Beaten Path

  • Spoleto Festival in June and July

    Spoleto is an attractive destination all-year-round, a peaceful hilltown with a fine cathedral, interesting sights and pleasant walks. But it is during June and July that Spoleto comes to life. The Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) takes over the historic town centre, with high-quality performing arts events taking place throughout...

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  • Pilgrimage to Assisi

    Touristy, but quite lovely and worth the drive.About an hour away from Spoleto.Check out my Assisi page.

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  • Best Place to Watch the People Go By

    The BAR ANTICO CAFFE'Located in the Piazza del Mercato, this little cafe is a wonderful place to soak up the local life with a delicious beverage or an Italian ice.Luciano and his wonderful, friendly staff don't speak much English, but just try to speak a little Italian and you'll feel right at home here.IF and when you're ready for the check, just...

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Spoleto Favorites

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    by xristos83 Written Aug 15, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Lose yourself in the winding streets of Spoleto, and look for signs of it's roman past. The Roman arch in the picture is called "Arco Druso". Many of the buildings retain Roman bricks and arches.

    Arco Druso in Spoleto
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