Why visit SPOLETO?
Because together with Narni is the only Umbrian city to preserve the Rocca Albornoziana intact, built in the second half of the XIVth century, by the Pope to remind the Umbrians, despite its physical absence, who is in charge of the entire regional territory.
Because the Rocca, today, has been partly converted into a Longobard museum. Spoleto, in fact, was the seat of the Lombard Duchy for Central Italy, for six centuries.
Because since 1958 it hosts one of the most popular international festivals of music, dance and theater, conceived by the Venetian composer Giancarlo Menotti, who emigrated to the United States in the thirties of the XXth century, and for this reason called “Festival of two worlds”. It is said that the choice of the location, fell on Spoleto, due to the presence of two Italian theaters, a Roman theater and Piazza Duomo, architecturally an open theater, unchanged over time and preceded by a monumental staircase. Because inside the Cathedral of the Assumption, he worked one of the greatest Italian Renaissance artists and where he died tragically in 1469, the Florentine Filippo Lippi, whose body was vainly claimed by Lorenzo the Magnificent in his Florence.
Because visiting Spoleto means to see inside the Cathedral two precious relics: a Byzantine icon from Constantinople and an autograph letter of St. Francis.