Spello and Foligno in 1 day

by mirko

Spello, one of the most beautiful and exciting natural urban glimpses of the Umbrian landscape, retains more than any other center in the valley the evidence of the Roman city: they remain at the base of the medieval wall with the Venere, Urbica and Consolare gates; and the remains of an amphitheater, theater, spa and temple remain. The town is characterized by the beautiful alleys still paved with pebbles and bricks and by the beautiful pink stone of Subasio, which colors the urban landscape. The proposed itinerary includes going through the central street from the south (Porta Consolare) to the north (Porta Montanara), and from the inside the Roman walls up to Porta Venere. You cross the three districts of Borgo, Mezota and Posterula, which respectively identify the popular district, the central area of ​​public buildings and the early medieval area. Via Consolare that starts from the homonymous door, structures the Borgo, an interesting fusion of Roman and medieval layout. Going along the street you arrive at the Tega Chapel of the fourteenth century. which preserves a large fresco by Pietro di Mazzaforte and in front of the entrance a Crucifixion by Niccolò Alunno from the 1025th century. A little further on, on the right, the collegiate church of S. Maria Maggiore, already present in 1500 and dependent on the Camaldolese monks of the nearby abbey of S. Silvestro da Collepino. Inside there is the Baglioni Chapel, with the cycle of frescoes by Bernardino di Betto, the Pinturicchio, created between 1503 and 1508. Along Via Cavour, we point out the Church of S. Andrea with the 1270th century facade. inside which it preserves a Crucifix from the Giotto school and a painting on wood by Pinturicchio from 1120. In the middle of the alignment of via Cavour and Garibaldi there is the Piazza della Repubblica, on which the Palazzo Comunale stands, built in 1320 where the Civic archaeological collection and the well-known Edict of Constantine is preserved in the hall of the Palace. Going along Via Giulia on the right you will find the Church of S. Lorenzo, dating back to 1, and continuing on you can see the remains of a Roman gate, known as the Arch of Augustus. At the apex of the city there is the Vallegloria monastery dating back to XNUMX. Continuing on you will come across Porta Cappuccini, until you reach Piazza Belvedere, the highest point of the city from where you can admire the panorama of the Umbrian Valley. From here, continuing for about XNUMX km, you can find the remains of the Roman Amphitheater (XNUMXst century AD), the Church of S. Claudio from the end of the XNUMXth century. and further on the complex of Villa Fidelia, of which the Italian garden is remarkable.

Foligno is located halfway between Assisi and Spoleto about 40 km from the capital Perugia. The city is very suitable for a daily visit, starting from the main square, Piazza della Repubblica, it is possible to admire the Cathedral of San Feliciano, patron saint of the city; the Town Hall with its Torrino and Palazzo Trinci also overlook the square.

The Cathedral is presented in a neoclassical-baroque style, to visit inside are the crypt of the saint and the diocesan museum.

Without a doubt, the pearl of Foligno is Palazzo Trinci, completed in 1407, which houses the precious frescoes by Gentile da Fabriano and his school. Also on the square is Palazzo Orfini, home of the sixteenth-century Emilio Orfini, the typographer who printed the first copy of the Divine Comedy in Italian.

Other buildings to visit are the fifteenth-century church of San Giacomo and the Oratory of the Nunziatella from 1492, where a work by Perugino depicting the baptism of Jesus and the Eternal Father is kept.

On Piazza San Domenco it is possible to visit the church of the same name and the building of Santa Maria Infraportas which was later transformed into the auditorium of San Domenico.

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