Cities of art in Umbria: Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto, Spoleto
Spello deserves to be visited, a small town, whose side which opens on the Umbrian valley is the most interesting.
Hispellium was a Roman municipal town and was famous because there was a temple where Umbrians could celebrate their annual holiday. Spello keeps also genuine medieval aspects whose charme is increased by the presence of the Roman substratum.
In Spello there are numerous events during the year and the most beautiful and unusual one is on the occasion of “Corpus Domini” in which carpets of flowers are picked on the slope of Mount Subasio and strewn on the streets with wonderful drawings for the procession of Corpus Christi.
Not far from Spello you find Bevagna, a very small beautiful town whose main square offers a medieval setting of great charm for the presence of monuments and churches in a very small place.
Montefalco is famous for its particularly strong wine “Sagrantino”. The artistic importance of the town was due to the Franciscans who erected the church and the convent and enriched them which wonderful works of art: “Benozzo Gozzili” is one of the painters to be mentioned with the famous cycle of the “Stories of St. Francis” .
Gubbio raises as an Umbrian town then dominated by the Romans.
The visit of Gubbio is very interesting for the medieval atmosphere you feel in its streets and squares.
Palazzo Ducal is one of the most beautiful civil building .
Todi had a particular position on the border between the Etruscan territory and the Umbrian one. Todi was a Roman municipality and afterword a free commune.
It is full of early medieval monuments and its position on the hill gives tourists the opportunity of enjoying a beautiful view of the plain. It is delightful to stroll about its alleys and see its Etruscan Roman walls and the medieval quarters.
Orvieto became important in the middle ages because of the Francigena road leading pilgrims from the North to Rome. The Cathedral is one of the most magnificent specimen of Italian Goghic-Style: what strikes visitors is the position of the church whose effect is increased by golden mosaic works and polychromatic marbles.
Then Spoleto. While going to Spoleto you pass the “Fonti del Clitunno” celebrated by the Italian poet “Carducci” but also very well known by the Romans who considered it a place sacred to the God Clitunno.
Spoleto was inhabited before the Romans arrived. It is a beautiful town full of Roman remains.
It is well known for its “fortress and for the Bridge of the towers” built by Albornoz who conquered Spoleto for the Pope. The Pope made of Spoleto a seat of the organization of the papal state as far as 1860.