Spello lies on a spur of Mount Subasio, still retaining the symbols of a glorious past.
Spello lies on the spur of Mount Subasio, still retaining the symbols of a glorious past.
This medieval city boasts many Roman memorials, such as the city walls, the remains of the theatre, the amphitheater, and the baths.
The walls, erected in 1360, include three splendid gates: the Consular gate, the Urbica gate (or San Ventura gate), and the Venus gate flanked by the two towers of Propertius.
Among the religious buildings, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore is certainly worth a visit. Look at the splendid Baglioni chapel decorated with frescoes by Pinturicchio and paintings by Perugino.
Also by Pinturicchio is the large panel Madonna and Saints in the thirteenth-century church of Sant’Andrea.
Among other sights, there is the Municipal Art Gallery, sacred objects, goldsmith’s works, the Villa dei Mosaici, a Roman monumental complex with ten rooms of amazing mosaic floors, and Villa Fidelia, which houses a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, and antiques.
Every year Spello hosts one of the most colorful and surprising events in the region: the Infiorate.
On the occasion of Corpus Domini, the city is crossed by 1500 to 2000 meters of floral carpets and paintings, which are inspired by religious motifs and which are the result of complex hard work that requires days, weeks, and even months: from research and collection of flowers to cleaning, from the selection to the conservation of the petals which will then be deposited on the roadbed, to obtain the desired chromatic tones and the desired artistic effects.