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Spoleto

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Spoleto is a city in the Umbria region of Italy.

Understand[edit]

Spoleto is a small but lovely city with an ancient past. Its importance during Roman times is shown by the ruins of the Roman theatre its citizens used to patronize. Today, as in times long past, Romans come to Spoleto in the summertime for a relaxing vacation, and the city is also known for the Festivale dei Due Mondi, a music festival that is internationally renowned.

Get in[edit]

There is a train station in the city which offers direct connections to Rome. Bus service to various locations is also available. For those driving into town, Umbria has a very good and well-maintained road system.

Get around[edit]

Spoleto is a small town in area, so you are best off walking, though it is possible to drive or take taxis.

See[edit]

  • The Duomo, a beautiful Romanesque building that was completed in the early 13th century.
  • The Roman ruins and Archeological Museum
  • The first-century Roman Villa
  • Ponte delle Torre - old aqueduct and footpath behind the fort at the top of the city.
Ponte Delle Torri

Do[edit]

Spoleto is a UNESCO Lombard Site and well known for its music festivals, especially the Festivale dei Due Mondi in the summertime.

Otherwise, it is a very peaceful and pleasant place to walk around, and you can use Spoleto as a base to drive through beautiful Umbrian countryside and mountains and visit other Umbrian cities.

Buy[edit]

Spoleto's Duomo

Eat[edit]

Umbria is known for its mushrooms and black truffles, and also for its wild game, so if you see primi piatti of pasta dishes with some kind of fungus and secondi piatti of game such as cinghiale (wild boar), order them.

Drink[edit]

Umbria is a land of rolling hills and has its own wine industry. There are also some very good mineral waters drawn from its mountain springs.

Sleep[edit]

  • Madonna di Costantinopoli, S. Maria di Costantinopoli - Cap: 06040, Cerreto di Spoleto (PG), +39 074 391204, fax: +39 0743923154. Former convent turned into an elegant four star hotel in the countryside around Spoleto. Swimming pool, tennis court, restaurant, bar and park. Plus a large selection of bedrooms and suites, with large seating area and bathroom. The price for a double room is 120 euros.

Go next[edit]

Logical places to go next include Assisi and Perugia, which are about 50 and 65 kilometres to the north, respectively, and the mountains which are 20-30 minutes' drive to the east and are cool even when Spoleto is aggressively hot in the summertime.

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