Spello, Italy

Spello is known for Pinturicchio’s frescoes of the early sixteenth century that are inspired by the New Testament, in the Baglioni Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore church.

Its lands are fertile, are cultivated cereals, vines and especially the olive oil which it derives fame.

Founded by the Umbrians, this small town (8600 inhabitants in 2007) now has a very pronounced medieval character. It was important under the Romans, when it was called Hispellum. Spello belonged to the Duchy of Spoleto during the Middle Ages, before being incorporated into the Papal States, although it has known a free commune period and another under the domination of Perugia Baglioni.

Several churches are remarkable, and the walls and fortifications of the Middle Ages whose foundations are Roman.

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Not far away you can visit the church of the thirteenth century St. Andrea hosting the table Madonna and Saints by Pinturicchio. Do oas forget the communal palace on the Republic Square with a beautiful Gothic portal and the Church of St. Lorenzo with the remains of the ancient building of the XII century.

From the ruins of the castle of the fourteenth century, located on the top of the hill, it dominates the Topino valley and the surrounding hills. Just outside the inhabited center arise the Romanesque church of St. Claudio el Round the church built during the Renaissance period to Greek cross with an octagonal dome.

Sites and Monuments:

Cappella Baglioni in Santa Maria Maggiore (XII-XIII)
San Lorenzo (XII)
Sant ‘Andrea (thirteenth)
Porta Venere
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