Umbria hilltown guided tours / Spoleto
Spoleto, From Roman to Renaissance Masterpieces
A Spoleto visit should start at the beginning: with a stop at one of the oldest churches in Western Europe (4th – 5th c. AD) outside of the medieval walls and attached to the cemetery, meriting a visit in its own right.
This early Christian basilica is made from materials literally “recycled” from Roman temples in the area. Not far way, amphitheater ruins bear further testament to ancient Spoletium – as does the Roman theater in the town centro.
Near a medieval mill flanked by an ancient guard tower, you can walk onto the astounding 14th c. medieval aqueduct, imposing Papal feudal fortress greeting you on the other side.
Find the winding cobblestone medieval backstreets lined with massive Roman walls – and head to the Roman house.
Afterwards, feast your eyes on the Renaissance masterpieces of Fra’ Lippo Lippi and Pinturicchio in the stunning Duomo which backdrops the final concert of the Spoleto Festival in early summer Spoleto’s 1st c. AD Roman theater If you’re lucky, Serafino will be in the market square, offering tastes of his delectable porchetta.
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)