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  • Day1

    Osteria del Tempo perso

    January 3 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Time to eat something! 🍽️🍴We chosed a very particular hostaria. It is named "Osteria del tempo perso". A very strange restaurant in which all the walls are full of paintings and writings made by the customers.
    Typical homemade food of the region is served.
    I went for: grilled cheese with truffle topping, home appetizers, grilled fennel, sliced beef 🥩 with truffle, tiramisù and coffee ☕. Food was delicious 😋.

    Località Fabbreria, 16 06049 Spoleto PG
    +39 0743 225884
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  • Day2

    Roxy Bar

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    We desperately need a place for breakfast!
    We found the Roxy Bar! Nothing to deal with the one of Vasco.
    Simple, clean and worm. I took a croissant 🥐 and a cappuccino. What I need to start this day.
    The horoscope told this was definitely my day.
    8/8 for the Sagittarius.

  • Day2

    City of Spoleto

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    After 15 minutes drive we arrived in Spoleto.
    This beautiful city can be enjoyed by foot. No car allowed in the city center. Due to the fact that the whole city has been built on an entire side of a mountain a lot of ascents where in front of us. Luckily the city had a clever idea and created a public sistem of escalators. There are a total of three lines. The one we chosed was the green one that took us directly to the Duomo and then at the top of the Castle.

    Spoleto (/spəˈleɪtoʊ/, also US: /spoʊˈleɪtoʊ, spoʊˈliːtoʊ/, UK: /spoʊˈlɛtoʊ/,[6] Italian: [spoˈleːto]; Latin: Spoletum) is an ancient city in the Italian province of Perugia in east-central Umbria on a foothill of the Apennines. It is 20 km (12 mi) S. of Trevi, 29 km (18 mi) N. of Terni, 63 km (39 mi) SE of Perugia; 212 km (132 mi) SE of Florence; and 126 km (78 mi) N of Rome.

    Spoleto was situated on the eastern branch of the Via Flaminia, which forked into two roads at Narni and rejoined at Forum Flaminii, near Foligno. An ancient road also ran hence to Nursia. The Ponte Sanguinario of the 1st century BC still exists. The Forum lies under today's marketplace.
    Located at the head of a large, broad valley, surrounded by mountains, Spoleto has long occupied a strategic geographical position. It appears to have been an important town to the original Umbri tribes, who built walls around their settlement in the 5th century BC, some of which are visible today.
    The first historical mention of Spoletium is the notice of the foundation of a colony there in 241 BC; and it was still, according to Cicero colonia latina in primis firma et illustris: a Latin colony in 95 BC. After the Battle of Lake Trasimene (217 BC) Spoletium was attacked by Hannibal, who was repulsed by the inhabitants During the Second Punic War the city was a useful ally to Rome. It suffered greatly during the civil wars of Gaius Marius and Sulla. The latter, after his victory over Marius, confiscated the territory of Spoletium (82 BC). From this time forth it was a municipium.
    Under the empire it seems to have flourished once again, but is not often mentioned in history. Martial speaks of its wine. Aemilianus, who had been proclaimed emperor by his soldiers in Moesia, was slain by them here on his way from Rome (AD 253), after a reign of three or four months. Rescripts of Constantine (326) and Julian (362) are dated from Spoleto. The foundation of the episcopal see dates from the 4th century: early martyrs of Spoleto are legends, but a letter to the bishop Caecilianus, from Pope Liberius in 354 constitutes its first historical mention. Owing to its elevated position Spoleto was an important stronghold during the Vandal and Gothic wars; its walls were dismantled by Totila.
    Under the Lombards, Spoleto became the capital of an independent duchy, the Duchy of Spoleto (from 570), and its dukes ruled a considerable part of central Italy. In 774 it became part of Holy Roman Empire. Several of its dukes, mainly during the late 9th Century, rose to wear the crown of that Empire. Together with other fiefs, it was bequeathed to Pope Gregory VII by the powerful countess Matilda of Tuscany, but for some time struggled to maintain its independence. In 1155 it was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa. In 1213 it was definitively occupied by Pope Gregory IX. During the absence of the papal court in Avignon, it was prey to the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, until in 1354 Cardinal Albornoz brought it once more under the authority of the Papal States.
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  • Day2

    Duomo di Spoleto

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Our first stop was the Spoleto cathedral.
    Amazing. Free entrance and possibility to take pictures.
    Lot of tourists. I bought a magnet as memory of the visit.

    Spoleto Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; Duomo di Spoleto) is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Spoleto-Norcia created in 1821, previously that of the diocese of Spoleto, and the principal church of the Umbrian city of Spoleto, in Italy. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    The church is essentially an example of Romanesque architecture, with a nave and two side-aisles crossed by a transept, although subsequently modified. It was built from the second half of the twelfth century after the city had been devastated by Frederick Barbarossa's troops, over an area where there had previously stood an earlier cathedral, dedicated to Saint Primianus (San Primiano)[1] and destroyed by the emperor. A notable external porch and the belfry were added in the fifteenth and sixteenth century respectively.
    The façade is divided into three bands. The lower one has a fine architraved door with sculpted door-posts. Two pulpits are provided on each side of the porch. The upper bands are separated by rose windows and ogival arches. The most striking feature of the upper façade is the Byzantine-hieratic mosaic portraying Christ giving a Benediction, signed by one Solsternus (1207). He signed his work with the inscription "Doctor Solsternus, hac summus in arte modernus" (doctor Solsternus, supremely modern in his art ), calling himself an outstanding modern artist. Nothing else is known about him. He was certainly ahead of his contemporaries, because it would take half a century before the mosaics in Roman churches would surpass his style. The part of the belfry contemporary with the church reuses Roman and early medieval elements.
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  • Day2

    Rocca Albornoziana

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Left the Duomo we took the elevator up to the Castle. It is named Rocca Albornoziana.
    Entrance require tickets but we had the possibility to buy the Spoleto card that gived us access to all the main attractions.
    We explored the coutyard and the internal museum.
    The internals where completely decorated by frescos.

    La Rocca Albornoziana è una fortezza situata sulla sommità del colle Sant'Elia che sovrasta la città di Spoleto. Si tratta del principale baluardo del sistema di fortificazioni fatto edificare da papa Innocenzo VI, per rafforzare militarmente e rendere più evidente l'autorità della Chiesa nei territori dell'Italia centrale, in vista dell'ormai imminente ritorno della sede pontificia a Roma dopo i settanta anni circa di permanenza ad Avignone.
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  • Day2

    Ponte delle Torri

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Immideately outside the castle we had the chance to admire the astonishing Bridge of Towers.
    A medieval bridge built upon an ancient Roman aqueduct.
    Is one of the oldest and tallest of the region.

    La struttura scavalca il tracciato del torrente Tessino e ricollega ciò che l'attività tettonica e l'erosione lineare del torrente hanno diviso.
    Ai due estremi del ponte si trovano due fortezze, la Rocca Albornoziana e il Fortilizio dei Mulini, eretto per vigilare il ponte e attivo come mulino fino al XIX secolo. Il nome Ponte delle Torri potrebbe alludere alle torri delle due fortezze o all'aspetto dei piloni.
    Si innalza su nove possenti arcate, ha una lunghezza di 230 metri e un'altezza di 80. Le dimensioni massime di alcuni pilastri alla base sono di metri 10 x 12. Piloni e arcate non hanno misure costanti: i piloni verso il Monteluco sono più massicci degli altri e sono rinforzati da arcate poste circa a metà della loro altezza; anche lo spazio tra le arcate è diverso, minore rispetto alle corrispettive verso Sant'Elia. La loro diversità fa pensare che siano stati costruiti in periodi diversi. I due piloni sorgenti dal fondo della valle sono vuoti e praticabili, al loro interno alcuni ambienti che fungevano da postazioni di guardia, con finestre e porte d'accesso situate a pochi metri da terra; nel tempo sono stati un sicuro rifugio diurno e stagionale per vari chirotteri.
    Finestrone panoramico
    Sopra la struttura si erge un muraglione alto circa 12 metri che delimita la strada sopra il ponte per tutta la sua lunghezza; sulla sua sommità in un canale scavato, scorreva l'acqua che, proveniente dagli acquedotti di Cortaccione e Patrico, riforniva la città. In origine era completamente chiuso, solo nel 1845 è stato aperto il panoramico finestrone centrale a cura del gonfaloniere Parenzi; il parapetto antistante invece, alto circa un metro, è stato costruito sul finire dell'ottocento.
    Una rientranza nel muraglione, una nicchia anticamente destinata alla sorveglianza dell'acquedotto, ha avuto anche altri usi: quando Spoleto aveva la cinta daziaria costituita dalle mura medievali, era usata come guardiola del gabelliere.
    All'estremo orientale del ponte, presso il Fortilizio dei Mulini, inizia un sentiero pedonale denominato Giro dei condotti, che conduce ad antichi eremi e si dilunga a traverso sulla china del Monteluco, offrendo panorami mozzafiato e una rigogliosa e varia vegetazione. Il suo piano di calpestio copre le antiche condutture dell'acquedotto di Patrico realizzato nel 1891.
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  • Day2

    Roman house spoleto

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Walking down from the castle we took the yellow line elevator and made a stop to visit a Roman house.
    This complex was originally a typical Roman house held by a rich and powerful man of the time.
    The first settlement of romans in the region dares 241 b.c. but the house dates I century a.c.
    The house was held by Vespasia Polla mother of Emperor Vespasiano.
    We entered the house by way of the entrance hall with a basin for collecting rainwater (impluvium) and a cistern from which water was conveyed through the house.
    All the rooms in the living area had mosaics floors.
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  • Day2

    Archeological museum and Roman theatre

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Last stop for this very intense day was the archeological museum and the Roman Theatre.
    This complex dates I century a.c. and nevertheless it has almost 2 millennia is incredibly well maintained.
    The museum was huge and full of interesting piece of arts and antiques.
    I really enjoy this place ❤️

  • Day2

    Church of ss. Paolo e Giovanni

    January 4 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    After a quick lunch (salad 🥗 for me) we took yellow elevators to reach Panciani square.
    Near here there is one of the most important attractions of the city. The old church of ss. Paolo e Giovanni. Built in the 1174 it contains very prestigious frescos of the time. One of those made by Alberto Sotio, the same artist of the cruise we admire in the cathedral.Read more

  • Day1

    Perchia Castle

    January 3 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    After 2h road trip I finally reached my accommodation for this short trip.
    I had been welcomed by the housekeeper named Carlo. A very friendly man.
    What I got was a magnificent apartment in the Perchia Castle.

    This castle is situated in a beautiful hillside location, about 8km far from Spoleto, surrounded by a beautiful olive tree plantation, in proximity of a Mediterranean wood.
    The Castle, which still preserves walls, and doors and various towers, and dates to XIV century; from parchment of 1380 it seems they it was formerly called "Villa St. The John of Panaria". The small village is square shaped, and the adventure began crossed by an only one road, onto which all the houses look. The wall-houses, and the clinged together, protect the whole settlement.
    The first front door was fortified and you still can see the holes and the iron pins; two other consecutive internals doors allow to enter the Castle and on the architrave of one of them it is visible the old family crest. On the ground floor of the fortified houses are still preserved the sighting and protection embrasures.

    IL CASTELLO DI PERCHIA residenza storica
    Loc. Perchia, 13 06049 Spoleto Perugia
    +39 393.2090387
    +39 392.7811362
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