Spoleto is famous the world over for its festival, which is an important international musical and cultural event.
But Spoleto is more than that; it is one of the most fascinating towns in the region. It is a hilltop town at the foot of Montoluco famous for its 14th century fortress.
The town is a harmonious mixture of styles from the Roman period, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance all joining together to create a fascinating atmosphere.
The museums with antiquities and modern art, the Italian centre for early medieval studies and the experimental theatre all contribute to making Spoleto one of the most culturally active and vibrant towns in Umbria.
The town is also famous for the Festival of Two World held in late June, early July. This is an important international musical and cultural event. The city is home to 40,000 inhabitants and there is life here all year round.
The towns tourist office is located on Piazza della Libertà , and from here you can get a map of the city. Try and visit the important landmarks of the town which include Il Duomo (cathedral) from the 13th Century and the Roman amphitheatre. Also fortress Rocca from the 14th Century which is situated high above the eastern side of the city is an interesting site. It is advisable to take a guided tour in English to get a good insight into the fortress history.
Some would argue that you have not been to Spoleto, if you have not tasted their famous pasta dish: Spaghetti alla Coil Tina - prepared with particular truffle oil. Fortunately there plenty of opportunities to find great places to eat here.
Distances to other cities from Spoleto: Perugia (about 63 km), Assisi (about 44 km) and Terni (approx. 33 km).