In the heart of Umbria and Italy, Spoleto is a splendid city of art famous for the Festival dei Due Mondi, its Hundred Towers and food. Attractive year-round destination and quiet hilltop town, it offers many interesting spots and pleasant walks. In the months of June and July it comes to life with the festival and the historic center of the city offers high quality artistic events. Churches, squares and theaters are transformed into stages and the streets are crowded. Its location also makes it a popular destination due to its proximity to many other famous art cities in central Italy and the friendliness of its inhabitants completes a respectable business card. Below is a small list of things not to be missed.
- 10 things to see in Spoleto in a weekend
- What to see in Spoleto in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Spoleto: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Spoleto
- Plan your stay in Spoleto: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Spoleto in a weekend
1 - Piazza Garibaldi
Access to the city is dedicated to the hero of two worlds Giuseppe Garibaldi, magnified with a beautiful statue in the center. In the square there are many bars and restaurants, in addition to the Basilica of San Gregorio Maggiore built between the end of the th and the beginning of the th century. Designed in Romanesque-Lombard style and with a beautiful bell tower alongside, inside it has interesting decorations and traces of frescoes, the crypt and the presbytery. Even the small chapel of the oratory is particularly beautiful with its frescoes of the Massacre of the Innocents and the stories from the life of San'Abbondanza.
- from the central station of Spoleto, Piazza Garibaldi is about 1km away on foot in less than 15 minutes. You can also use the urban line buses by taking the B Center line. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 800m away, which can be reached in 10 minutes on foot. Get directions
- always accessible
2 - Palzzo Virgili and Torre dell'Olio
Of thirteenth-century origin and it is part of the Palazzo Virgili building. The tower is one of the many present in medieval times and of the few remaining it is the best preserved. The height of 45,50 meters makes it the highest in the city and the name derives from the fact that in the Middle Ages it was a defensive practice to throw boiling oil from towers besieged by enemies; Legend has it that Hannibal's Carthaginians also suffered it until they decided to leave the city. The palace was instead built about 400 years later for domestic use, but still fortified. Both buildings are privately owned and cannot be visited internally.
- from the central station of Spoleto, piazza Garibaldi is about 1,4km away on foot in less than 20 minutes. You can also use the urban line buses taking the B Center line. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 500m away, 7 minutes on foot. Get directions
- not visitable internally
3 - Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts
Palazzo Collicola, built in 1717 is the seat of the museum of visual arts of Spoleto, was inaugurated in 2000 and expanded over the years to become the most important for contemporary arts in all of Umbria. Spread over three exhibition floors, it offers a splendid collection of works of sculpture, painting, street art, installations and photography by some of the most celebrated artists in the world that contrast beautifully with the interiors, furniture and eighteenth-century frescoes of the building.
- it is 1,5km from the railway station, which can be reached on foot in 20 minutes or by bus line B Centro. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 500m away, 7 minutes on foot. Get directions
- from Wednesday to Monday from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00; Closed on Tuesday
- full € 6,50; reduced from 15 to 25 years € 4,00; under 15 free
4 - Piazza Duomo and Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
Built between 1100 and 1227 in Romanesque style, the church has been renovated several times, including internally, especially in the 600s, until it assumed its present appearance. The interior is cross-shaped and in Baroque style, with a fifteenth-century apse with the magnificent frescoes by Filippo Lippi depicting The Stories of the Virgin. All the spans of the naves and the transept have valuable frescoes or panels mainly from the sixteenth century and on one side there is a pipe organ from 1932. The square was a space that already existed in Roman times and offers tourists who visit it a beautiful glimpse of the city , with bars, restaurants and a fountain positioned in the mid-1900s.
- it is 1,6km from the railway station, which can be reached on foot in just over 20 minutes or by bus line B Centro Get directions
- always accessible
5 - Roman Theater
Dating back to the st century BC, it remained in use until the th century, is located within the walls and has a diameter of 70 meters. In the early Middle Ages it was flanked by the monastic complex of Sant'Agata and by private noble palaces. Over the centuries it was restored several times and today it is possible to admire parts of marble flooring from the Roman impartial period. It is used for concerts and shows and is the home of the important Festival dei Due Mondi held every year in the city hosting theater and dance performances.
- in via Delle Terme, it is 1,8km from the train station, which can be reached in 30 minutes on foot or by bus line B Centro. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 550m away, which can be covered in 8 minutes on foot. Get directions
- every day from 8: 30 to 19: 30
- full € 4,00; reduced from 18 to 25 years € 2,00; under 18 and over 65 free; groups € 4,00
6 - Archaeological Museum
In the present location of the museum, developed in a part of the monastic complex of San'Agata, there is now one important collection of objects, artifacts and finds from the Bronze Age up to part of the th century. Particularly noteworthy are the funerary items from the th century BC, the Roman marble busts and the series of votive bronzes dating from between the th and th centuries BC. It is also possible to visit the monastery and the small deconsecrated church.
- in via S.Agata, is 1,8km from the railway station, which can be reached in 30 minutes on foot or by bus line B Centro. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 550m away in 8 minutes on foot. Get directions
- every day from 8: 30 to 19: 30
- full € 4,00; reduced from 18 to 25 years € 2,00; under 18 free
7 - Market Square
Beautiful and picturesque town square, completely renovated in 2017, is the beating heart of the city with its bars, restaurants and typical shops. On the north side is the Fonte di Piazza, of thirteenth-century origin but rebuilt in 1433 with its complete annexation to the old church of San Donato of which today only the small facade remains and then in 1746, when a clock and a baroque pediment dedicated to Urban XIII was also added.
- it is 1,8km from the train station, which can be reached in 30 minutes on foot or by bus line B Centro. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 220m away in 5 minutes on foot. Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Roman House
A stately home from the st century AD was found below where the town hall and the town hall stand today. After a careful and long restoration operation, today it is rich in mosaics in all the rooms, a containment tank for rainwater and a well located at the entrance.. It seems, from inscriptions present in the well, that the house belonged to the mother of the Emperor Vespasian, but to date there are still no certain documents.
- in via Di Visiale, is 1,8km from the railway station, which can be reached in 30 minutes on foot or by bus line B Centro. It is 160m from the Piazza del Duomo, which can be reached in 2 minutes on foot. Get directions
- every day from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30
- full € 3,00; reduced € 2,00 from 15 to 25 years; under 15 free
9 - Bridge of the Towers
Completed in the th century, it was built to connect the Rocca Albornoziana to the Fortilizio dei Mulini, separated by the course of the Tessino stream. Of imposing structure, it has a length of 230 meters and a height of 80 supported by pillars of 10 X 12 meters and is completed by a wall about 12 meters high which delimits the road above the bridge and on which a water canal flows. Evocative the nocturnal impact, when fully illuminated, captivates the visitor who observes it and walks through it.
- from the train station it is quite far, better to take Piazza Duomo as the starting point, which is about 700m from the bridge and can be covered on foot in less than 10 minutes. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 700m away in 11 minutes on foot. Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Rocca Albornoziana
It stands on the hill of Sant'Elia and overlooks the city of Spoleto, of which it has become the symbol. The fortress was built in 1363 by Pope Innocent XI to fortify even more the defenses already present in the territory and to strengthen the authority of the Church. Over the centuries it has changed use and has been restored several times and today it is well preserved. The visit takes at least a couple of hours and the view from the top of the hill is truly spectacular.
- it is 1,9km from the railway station, which can be reached in about 30 minutes on foot or by bus line B Centro. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 280m away in 4 minutes on foot. Get directions
- Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 30pm (last admission at 19pm); Monday from 30:18 to 45:09 (last admission at 30:13)
- full € 7,50; reduced € 2,00 from 18 to 25 years; under 18 free; free admission on the first Sunday of each month, April 25 and October 4;
11 - Fountain of the Mascherone
In Piazza Campello, near the Rocca, there is this particular fountain with the somatic features of a man and a cat and perhaps represents a pagan divinity. The water flows from the mouth of the fountain and then pours into the tanks placed at three different levels. Dating back to 1600, it shows in the aedicule above it, an inscription dedicated to Pope Clement XII. In 2012 it was completely restored.
- it is 2km from the railway station, accessible by bus line B Centro. It is 230m from the Piazza del Duomo, which can be reached in 4 minutes on foot. Get directions
- always accessible
12 - Arch of Drusus
Roman arch dating back to 23 AD located near the Roman Temple. The peculiarity is its excellent conservation of materials, limestone in blocks with decorations and capitals. The arch is dedicated to Drusus, son of the emperor Tiberius and was built on the occasion of his death.
- it is 1,8km from the train station, which can be reached in about 30 minutes on foot or by bus line B Centro. From the Piazza del Duomo it is 300m away in 3 minutes on foot. Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in Spoleto in one day: recommended itinerary
Morning - a simple daily itinerary to not miss the main things that the city offers can start with a good breakfast at Vincenzo pastry shop in Spoleto and then continue on via Trento and Trieste to Piazza Garibaldi where you can begin to immerse yourself in the relaxed Umbrian atmosphere and visit the Basilica of San Gregorio Maggiore. Not far away is the beautiful Virgili mansion with the famous Torre dell'Olio adjoining it, still perfectly preserved. Unfortunately the two buildings cannot be visited as they are privately owned, but they deserve the usual ones
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Pasticceria Vincenzo in Spoleto, in Via Cerquiglia a stone's throw from the train station. Get directions
- Piazza Garibaldi
- Palazzo Virgili and Torre dell'Olio (not open to visitors inside)
- Palazzo Collicola - opening hours: from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00 (closed on Tuesday) - ticket price: full € 6,50; reduced from 15 to 25 years € 4,00; under 15 free
- Lunch at La Lanterna restaurant.Get directions
- Archaeological Museum - opening hours: every day from 8:30 to 19:30 - ticket price: full € 4,00; reduced from 18 to 25 years € 2,00; under 18 free
- Roman Theater - opening hours: every day from 8:30 to 19:30 - ticket price: full € 4,00; reduced from 18 to 25 years € 2,00; under 18 and over 65 free; groups € 4,00
- Piazza del Duomo - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Rocca Albornoziana - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30 (last admission at 18:45); Monday from 09:30 to 13:30 (last admission at 12:45) - ticket price: full € 7,50; reduced € 2,00 from 18 to 25 years; under 18 free; free admission on the first Sunday of each month, April 25 and October 4;
- Dinner at Il Tempio del Gusto restaurant. Get directions
Where to eat in Spoleto: the best restaurants
- The Lantern: typical Spoleto trattoria, it offers simple cuisine but with great flavors in a welcoming and informal environment.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Via della Trattoria, 6, Get directions tel: (0039) 074349815
- The Temple of Taste: well-kept and elegant restaurant with courteous and attentive service. It offers local cuisine revisited in a gourmet key with an excellent quality / price ratio. Good choice of wines.
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: Via Arco di Druso, 11 Get directions tel: (0039) 074347121
- Trattoria La Torretta: simple and well-kept restaurant, it offers local cuisine with excellent first courses and quality meats. Bruschetta and the red wine of Montefalco are inevitable, to which a good cellar is added for the choice.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Filattiera, 43 Get directions tel: (0039) 074344954
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Spoleto
The social life of Spoleto develops mainly on the main streets of the historic center where it is possible to have aperitifs and aperitifs in one of the lounge bars and wine bars present. The influx of tourists always brings a lot of movement and pubs and beer gardens are always full in summer. The most popular areas are those between Corso Mazzini and the Piazza del Duomo. To stay up late at the disco you have to drive a few kilometers to get to the immediate vicinity of the city, arriving at Campello sul Clitunno and in the area west of the center. Obviously Spoleto, like all of Umbria, is an important food and wine destination and it is practically impossible not to find a restaurant suitable for every need and taste.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Prophet: historic Umbrian restaurant, between Spoleto and Trevi, always offers sophisticated evenings. Young clientele in an elegant setting with a well-stocked bar section. Address: Via Don Luigi Fausti, 12 (Get directions) - Facebook page
- CoCo Disco: just outside the city, disco that offers various musical genres from commercial to dance, techno and theme nights. Address: Via delle Acciaierie, 35 (Get directions) - Facebook page
- Mister Hide Pub: young pub with a great selection of beers and a kitchen that offers excellent sandwiches and some slightly more elaborate dishes. Open late at night. Address: Via Nursina, 11 (Get directions) - Facebook page
Plan your stay in Spoleto: info and useful tips
- it is 620 km from Milan (about 5 hours and 35 minutes by car / 5 hours by train), 134 km from Rome (1 hour and 48 minutes by car / about 2 hours by train). The best-served airport is Rome Fiumicino, connected to the city by regional trains departing every 30 minutes but with change at Rome Termini at a cost of € 16,85 or by taxi at an approximate cost of € 40,00. The closest airport is that of Perugia, which is 60km away, connected with the Busitalia buses departing in connection with the flights at a cost of € 3,00 each way and which take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Spoleto.
- Getting around: Spoleto, given the small size of the historic center, can be easily explored on foot or with the city buses of the Busitalia company, which connect the city and the immediate vicinity with 27 dedicated lines. The cost of the urban ticket is € 1,20.
- Where to park: Spoletosfera car park (via Matteotti 6 - Get directions) open until 01:00 with rates of € 2,00 per hour with a maximum of 2 hours and € 0,80 for stops without time limits; Posterna car park (via della Posterna 2 - Get directions) with rates of € 2,00 per hour with a maximum of 2 hours and € 0,80 for stops without time limits; free unattended parking in via Delle Lettere 5 (Get directions)
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 72,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Terni (31km - 30 minutes by car) - Perugia (63km - 50 minutes) - Cascate delle Marmore (32km - 30 minutes) - Amelia (52km - 45 minutes) - Todi (44km - 50 minutes) - Monteluco (8km - 10 minutes) - Monteleone (38km - 45 minutes) - Tempietto sul Clitunno (16km - 17 minutes)