The Roman entryway to Spello is a splendid backdrop to the Infiorate festival of Spello when glorious floral tapestries welcome the Host carried across the carpets by the bishop on the Feast of Corpus Cristi (sixty days after Easter):
Until the 16th-century, a section of the amphitheater wall was still standing as evidenced by a mid-16th-c. fresco of Federico Zuccari in Spello’s city hall:
…and here’s Pino near the 1st-c. A.D. Roman arch as he looks at the scaffolded 15th-c tower under restoration by his team:
From this 1st-c. A.D. Roman city gate, citizens of the municipium Hispellum could head up to the mountain behind, Subasio.
This city gate is sometimes referred to as “Arco dell’Arce” (“arch near a fortified structure”) as nearby once stood the 14th-c Papal fortress built under direction of Cardinal Albornoz during central Italy’s domination by the Papal States (Albornozian fortresses still tower above Assisi and Spoleto).
The spellani also refer to the Roman entryway at times as the Arco dei Cappuccini for its proximity to the Capuchin church, la Chiesa di San Severino…..
…standing just to the right of that Torre di San Severino – which I now always call “Pino’s tower.” You can see the tower here, rising to the left of the Church of San Severino….
….and here, rising behind the Roman arch:
Now, though, that “Torre di Pino” (aka, “la Torre di San Severino, stands proudly in all its glory: restored.
Grazie mille, Pino and team.