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Spoleto (South Umbria)






The summer sun goes down on the Rocca Albornoziana (1359) which dominates the ancient town of Spoleto in Southern Umbria.  On the right and below, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (built between 1100 and 1500).


The multi rose windowed facade of Spoleto Cattedrale. 


In the next door park the doggie bag vending machine awaits the advent of the doggie Euro.







The most obvious treasures inside the cattedrale are the Fra Lippi frescos wrapped around the apse, but there is much more ......




Elsewhere in Spoleto ......


The Via Flaminia - built originally under the direction of Gaius Flaminius around 220 BC as the link between Rome and the NE coast of Italy.  Spoleto guarded the base of the road before the mountain foothill section, though modern engineering has redirected it through a tunnel under the town. 


In the 600s and 700s the Duchy of Spoleto and the more important Duchy of Benevento moved away from the Lombards centred in Ravenna, to operate as semi independent Duchies.  The Duchy of Spoleto was taken over by the Franks in 776 and two hundred years later was annexed to the Papal States.  Benevento eventually became part of Norman Southern Italy in the 1000s.



The back entrance to Spoleto - a medieval brick viaduct, now footpath only, built above an ancient Roman aqueduct into the city. 


Over the hill, near Ferentillo, is the old church of San Pietro in Valle - on our list for next time.


Also on the do list is the Spoleto church of Saints John and Paul which has an interesting late eleven hundreds fresco of the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury in 1170.



The two view photos above would be shared by the Hotel Gattapone, which looks like a pleasant **** boutique hotel at "the top of town" beside the Rocca.



And for those who were getting worried that our demanding schedule had not left time for eating properly, this was lunch at the Taverna dei Duchi - just downhill from the top of the Cattedrale steps - excellent casalinga food though they explain it a bit more pretentiously!  And there's lots of interestingly signed foodie shops as well!



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