Our Spoleto visit starts with a stop at one of the oldest churches in Western Europe (4th – 5th c. A.D.) outside of the medieval walls and attached to the cemetery (meriting a visit in its own right).
This early Christian basilica was constructed 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.
Afterwards, we’ll take in the Renaissance fresco masterpieces of Fra’ Lippo Lippi and Pinturicchio in the stunning Duomo which backdrops the final concert of the Spoleto Festival in early summer.
We’ll meander the winding cobblestone medieval backstreets lined with massive Roman walls – and head to the 1st-c. A.D.Roman house with mosaic floors.
If we’re lucky, Serafino will be in the market square neaby (once site of the Roman forum), offering tastes of his delectable porchetta.