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Spello, Province of Perugia, Umbria

Spello is an ancient walled town on a regularly NW-SE sloping ridge in east central Umbria, on the lower southern flank of Mt. Subasio. From the top of the ridge, Spello offers a good view of the Umbrian plain towards Perugia. The charm of the place, combined with several good hotels and restaurants, make it a popular tourist destination.

Info

  • Altitude: 313 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 8400 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 06038
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0742
  • Frazioni & Localities: Collepino and San Giovanni.
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What to see

  • The Historical Centre, built in stone, has a magical aspect, all enclosed within a circle of medieval walls on Roman foundations, including three Roman gates and traces of three more, as well several medieval gates, and about two dozen small churches, most of them medieval.
  • The church of Santa Maria Maggiore (13th century), with a fine chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio
  • The church of San Claudio (11th century or earlier), an elegant building with a rose window and votive frescoes, said to have been built on the remains of a Roman temple; in the plain, near S. Claudio, are the remains of a Roman amphitheater.
  • The church of San Silvestro at Collepino
  • The church of the Madonna della Spella with late-medieval votive frescoes and graffiti.

Where to stay