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In Spello, Resurrection of a Medieval Tower

Date: November 28, 2017 - categories: , - 4 Comments

Don’t miss wandering the medieval backstreets of Spello, floral profusion in springtime:







Roman arches span a few of them…




Near the top of the town, you’ll come to the Roman Arch of Augustus:


…..and adjacent to it, feast your eyes on a beautifully-restored medieval tower.
Called, “la Torre di San Severino” as it flanks the 12th-c Church of San Severino, the stalwart guard tower, is all that remains of the Albornozian Papal fortress dominating Spello in the 14th-century.

Arch of Augustus, 1st AD, backdropped by the Torre di San Severino, medieval tower of the Papal fortress (photos prior to tower restoration)


Torre di San Severino, flanking the Church of San Severino (prior to restoration)


Pino’s restoration team recently completed five months of work to bring the stately tower back to its medieval splendor.
Here are some of the challenges of restoration work:

The tower, prior to bracing it with scaffolding


The “wounded” tower, scaffolded




Pino near the 1st c AD Arch of Augustus – and the scaffolded tower his team will restore


Pino and his restoration team on the job


Inside the tower, during restoration




Restoration nearly completed


Up on the hill, the scaffolded tower seen from the church of San Clodio, 12th c, outside of Spello


The scaffolded tower at the top of Spello


La Torre di San Severino – restoration completed.



Note: The Albornozian 14th-c Papal fortress still towers over Assisi, guard towers intact – and the fortress in Spello, probably looked very much like it:

La Rocca, Albornozian fortress of the 14th-c, Assisi




Only a single, lonely guard tower of Spello’s 14th-c fortress survives but it rises now in all its glory, thanks to Pino and his restoration team. Complimenti, Pino and crew.


See the restoration work on Pino’s website
See a Pino restoration project in the Marches region
Read here about Spello’s astounding floral festival, Le Infiorate
Read more on Spello floral wonders
Read about good eating in Spello
Read about a Spello treasure
Read about “eating flowers” in Spello


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