Here is a mini guide to discover the best things to do in Spoleto. Bella Umbria suggests you things to do, places to visit and things to eat in this charming Umbrian City.
Ancient capital of the Lombard dukes Spoleto will leave you breathless. In a postcard addressed to his wife Herman Hesse wrote: “Spoleto is the most beautiful discovery I made in Italy […], there is such a wealth of beauty almost unknown, mountains, valleys, forests of oaks, monasteries, waterfalls! “.
We recommend you to start your journey from Rocca Albornoz that overlooks the city. Distinguished record of the presence of popes and governors in Spoleto the Fortress, surrounded by a high perimeter walls alternating system of six square towers, is the symbol of the city and is divided into two distinct areas: the main courtyard, with the National Museum of the Duchy and a multipurpose space for exhibitions, concerts and conferences, and the Courtyard of arms, with an outdoor theater.
If you do not fear of heights, get on the Bridge of the Towers which connects the fortress and Monteluco. This bridge is impressive and unique: 230 meters long and 82 high, seems to have been built between the thirteenth and the following century, after the sacking of Spoleto (1155) by Barbarossa.
Things to do in Spoleto
One of the best things to do in Spoleto in without doubt soak up the atmosphere of the Roman Empire visiting the Roman theater (first century AD.) that is still used for various shows and performances.
Take Monterone street to the intersection: on your right you will see Mauri Palace (seat of the municipal library) and on the left the Sant’Ansano Church the St. Isaac Crypt (XI-XVIII Centuries) and also the Arch of Drusus and Germanicus. Going beyond the Arch, you will be on Fontesecca Street, before arriving at the Market Square, turn your gaze to the left until you reach the entrance of Palazzo Leti Sensi (it was the Palazzo del Podesta, then historical headquarters of the Consortium of Reclamation Umbra, now used for exhibitions).
Finally arrived in Piazza del Duomo visit the Cathedral, a rare example of the synthesis of the Romanesque architecture, with frescoes by Pinturicchio and Filippo Lippi, and the beautiful Roman House attributed to the mother of the Emperor Vespasian Polla.
Perhaps you didn’t know that…>> At the time of the ancient Romans, the city became a real “touristic “center where the nobles had the house for summer holidays, because of the cool climate of the forests and clean air.
One of the best things to do in Spoleto in a day is the walk around Rocca Albornoz from which you can admire the marvellous valley of Spoleto and the Cathedral. A few meters after you will notice embarked on a short tunnel that leads to the fortress that is the lower part of the historic center, where the elevators are part of a fascinating journey mechanized: eight blocks of escalators that in 8 minutes and 24 seconds connect this area the neighborhood of the Ponzianina, Corso Garibaldi, the Basilica St. Salvatore (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the San Ponziano Church and Monastery.
Perhaps you didn’t know that…>> Since 1958, every summer Spoleto becomes the stage of the Festival Due Mondi, where artists from all over the world perform in concerts, dances and shows. A real tribute to art in all its forms!
Spoleto’s food, Umbrian cuisine, Italian food
Take a stop in a typical restaurant to taste some local specialties! We suggest you what to eat in Spoleto.
Do not miss black truffle which is absolutely the undisputed first actor in Spoleto cuisine: taste it with spaghetti!
We suggest you also to eat the soft-hearted, fleshy and rare Trevi, immersed in the exquisite Trevi oil or cooked “alla parmigiana”. As dessert taste “crescionda”, a typical cake made with eggs, flour, chocolate, macaroons and mistral.