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 SPELLO (PG)   
One of most renown villages in the valley of Spoleto, above all for the gorgeous cycle of frescoes made by Pinturicchio. The village lies down the offshoots of Mount Subasio, high on Umbra Valley and, more than any other place, retains evidences of roman times: the remains of the amphitheatre, the gates and walls that for over half their length still make foundations to medieval fence all go back to August Age.
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Porta consolare

Palazzo Urbani-Acuti



Frammento di affresco
(Chiesa S. Andrea, sec. XIV )

Vicolo




Villa Fidelia



Annunciazione

Natività



Disputa del Tempio

 




 
Spello today still retains its characteristics with houses made up in pink limestone from Subasio, agglomerated in a charming labyrinth of lanes, steep slopes and sudden balconies looking downwards to the plains.
The lanes of Spello disclose beautiful views on the mountains far away in the green surroundings. A must to be visited is Baglioni Chapel, also simple addressed as “Cappella Bella” with frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (XI – XIII century).
The Master was asked in 1501 to paint the chapel on order of Baglioni, at those times Lords of Spello. The Master was at his summit, few years before he had decorated the apartments of Borgia in Vatican and short after he was going to undertake the famous cycle of Piccolomini Library in the Cathedral of Siena: the outcome of his stay in Spello matches the expectations.

The three walls of the chapel present the Announciation with the Painter's self portrait inserted on the right, in the architectural frame, the Nativity and the Dispute of Jesus with Doctors (or "Dispute in the Temple"). On the cross vaults are depicted the four Sibyls sitting on their thrones, each of them among tombstones engraved with Biblical words.
Pinturicchio is a refined teller and he fills in his compositions with characters richly dressed and makes backgrounds precious with sumptuous architectures.

Soon afterwards Santa Maria Maggiore, a widening makes up the church -square of S. Andrea, built in 1200.
The rich interiors contain many frescoes from XIV to XV century and the large painting made in 1508 by Pinturicchio.
A beautiful fragment of fresco of Madonna with Child shows up, enclosed into a niche in the wall

Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) preserves the ogival portico and parts going back to thirteenth century origins. Interiors, painted in 1500, host a lapidary, the civic Library, historical Archives and Emilio Greco's Collection, with many works by the sicilian Painter.

Visit the baroque church of San Lorenzo (XII century) and Villa Costanza (or Fidelia), surrounded by a scenographic garden. Once owned by the famous architect Giuseppe Piermarini, now the villa is seat of Straka-Coppa Collection of antique and modern arts.

 
  Connections:

from Milano: 456 Km
from Firenze: 156 Km
from Perugia: 14 Km
from Assisi: 11 Km
from Roma: 135 Km
from Bari: 525 Km


 
  Useful numbers:  

Town Hall
Tel +39 0742 30001

Pinacoteca
Tel +39 0742 301497

Villa Fidelia
Tel +39 0742 6511726

 
  Exhibitions: : 

Incontri per le strade
Takes place in Agust around an exhibition devoted on turn to an italian contemprary artist or to a cultural theme.

Infiorate del Corpus Domini
During the "infiorate" spectacular carpets made up with millions of petals adorn the streets.

Celebration of  Pintoricchio
From February 2 until  June 29, 2008 a great Exhibition at Galleria Nazionale in Perugia and at Cappella Baglioni in Spello: www.mostrapintoricchio.it


 
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