Spoleto is a peaceful hilltop town located in the Umbria region of Italy, in the province of Perugia. The town is located at the foot of the Apennine hills and is a perfect stop for people visiting nearby Trevi, Terni and Perugia. Spoleto is an attractive destination throughout the year with a fine cathedral, interesting sights and pleasant walks. But it is during June and July that Spoleto comes to life when the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) takes over the historic town centre, with arts events taking place throughout Spoleto. Churches, piazzas and theatres are turned into festival venues, the streets are packed and accommodation is fully-booked.
The earliest mention of Spoleto on record is the establishment of a colony in the area in 241 BC. In ancient times Spoleto was considered a strategic geographical location since it is surrounded by mountains and located in a large valley. The ancient city walls, some of which can still be seen today, were built in the 5th century BC around the small Umbrian settlements to protect the inhabitants. Continue reading