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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:

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Roman arches span a few of them…

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

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…..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)

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

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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

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The “wounded” tower, scaffolded

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

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Pino and his restoration team on the job

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Inside the tower, during restoration

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Restoration nearly completed

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

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The scaffolded tower at the top of Spello

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La Torre di San Severino – restoration completed.

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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

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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.

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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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