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.
[lcaption]Arch of Augustus, 1st AD, backdropped by the Torre di San Severino, medieval tower of the Papal fortress (photos prior to tower restoration)[/lcaption]
[lcaption]Torre di San Severino, flanking the Church of San Severino (prior to restoration)[/lcaption]
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:
[lcaption]The tower, prior to bracing it with scaffolding[/lcaption]
[lcaption]The “wounded” tower, scaffolded[/lcaption]
[lcaption]Pino near the 1st c AD Arch of Augustus – and the scaffolded tower his team will restore[/lcaption]
[lcaption]Pino and his restoration team on the job[/lcaption]
[lcaption]Inside the tower, during restoration [/lcaption]
[lcaption]Restoration nearly completed[/lcaption]
[lcaption]Up on the hill, the scaffolded tower seen from the church of San Clodio, 12th c, outside of Spello[/lcaption]
[lcaption]The scaffolded tower at the top of Spello[/lcaption]
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:
[lcaption]La Rocca, Albornozian fortress of the 14th-c, Assisi[/lcaption]
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
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