"Spoletinam Coloniam in primis firmam et inlustrem" ["The colony of Spoleto is strong and illustrious."] − Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman Statesman
Nestled in a wide valley surrounded by the mountains of Umbria, Spoleto is one of Italy's most beautiful hill-towns. Its majestic landscape and ancient city walls contribute to Spoleto's inviting atmosphere and make it a wonderful place to tour. Its rich history includes the first Roman settlement of Spoletium which began in 241 BC. Its splendid architecture includes the Duomo, the Teatro Caio Melisso and the Ponte delle Torri, the Bridge of the Towers, an awe-inspiring medieval bridge spanning 262 feet above the gorge below.
Its legendary art includes medieval frescoes and the Festival dei Due Mondi, The Festival of Two Worlds, which celebrates opera, dance, theatre, visual arts and sciences each summer. We will begin our walking tour at Duomo Square, to take in the exquisite design of Cathedral of Santa Maria. Here you can see Fra Fillipo Lippi's "Life of the Virgin" fresco cycle, a 14th century painted wooden Madonna and Child, and a letter written and signed by the celebrated St. Francis of Assisi. Walking through the back streets of Spoleto we will tell you stories and secrets that will make this city's history come to life. Other highlights on our tour include a visit to the ancient Roman Theater built in the first century AD, and a stop at the Roman House, believed to have been the house of Vespasia Polla, mother of Emperor Vespasian who was responsible for building the Roman Colosseum.