SPOLETO

SPOLETO

This large hill town’s history precedes the traces of its Roman and Medieval pasts into the Bronze Age of Umbria. It sits in east-central Umbria, on a foothill of the Apennines at the head of a broad valley. The original Umbri Tribes built walls around this town in the 5th century B.C., which are still visible in some places. The city has a first-century Roman Amphitheatre, the 12th-century Duomo, 13th-century Ponte delle Torri aqueduct and the 14th-century hilltop fortress, Rocca Albornoziana.

Today Spoleto is best known for The Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds.) Founded in 1958 by the famous opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti (Amahl and the Night Visitors), it is an annual summer music and opera festival held each June to early July, featuring concerts, opera, dance, drama, visual arts and scientific roundtable discussions. If you love music, you will find a special connection in Spoleto.