Spello: what to see, attractions and places to visit
What to see in Spello, attractions and places to visit in the town situated along the slopes of Mount Subasio, famous for its Roman ruins and the floral display.
It is a small Umbrian town situated along the slopes of Mount Subasio, with Roman origins but already inhabited by the Umbrians. The limestone used to build the village Subasio Spello gives a pinkish white, narrow streets, the houses that overlook the landscape, characterize the ancient medieval town, which, among all those in the area, retains the largest number of Roman memories.
The walls of the ancient Hispellum, built in the Augustan period, is in a good state of preservation and Consular Port constitutes, now as then, the main access to the city. In the same period the Porta Venere, Porta Urbica, dell’Arce Gate and the remains of the Arch of Augustus.
Various Roman remains are included within the walls and outside of it, in the area of Villa Fidelia, where there was a large area to sacred character, corresponding to a complex of a temple, a theater and a amphitheater, of which today are visible only two long terraces.
Just outside the walls were found the remains of a villa or a public building of vast size, dating from the late imperial age, with mosaic floors that reveal a remarkable technical quality of construction.
Places to Visit in Spello
Leaving Porta Venere you can reach the ruins of the Roman and Romanesque church of San Claudio, built in the twelfth century of Roman structures. Besides the Roman remains, Spello holds other treasures, such as the frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Baglioni Chapel located in Santa Maria Maggiore, the main church of the country, which boasts a beautifully decorated interior, where there are also two frescoes by Perugino and a pavement in Deruta pottery.
The heart of the town is the Republic Square, where there is the old Town Hall which was built in 1270. The building between 1567 and 1575 was made to expand and transform, along with the square outside, the Baglioni family from Perugia, Counts of Spello, which helped to beautify the city, which today is also famous for the floral display, an event that takes place every year on the Feast of Corpus Christi, when the streets of the old town are covered with drawings made with petals flowers in honor of the Body of Christ, which is carried in procession by the Bishop.