Spello combines its medieval features, such as winding alleys and ancient stone houses, with several testimonies of the Roman era, such as the town walls and the still well preserved doors, the remains of the theatre, the amphitheatre and of the therms opened along this route. The village is still surrounded by walls, erected in 1360 by incorporating part of the Roman city walls and three splendid doors: Consular door (I sec. BC), the Urbica door (or St. Ventura door) and the Venus door of Augustan age, built as a triumphal arch, flanked by two dodecagonal plant towers, so called of Properzio.
The church of St. Mary Major (12th – 13th century), with big art treasures inside it, stands out among the religious buildings: on the left side of its nave there is the splendid Baglioni chapel decorated with frescoes of Pintoricchio and enriched with a floor in majolica from Deruta (1566) as well as Perugino’s paintings. The big painting Madonna and Saints (1508) was also executed by Pinturicchio (with a big help of Eusebio da San Giorgio) and is stored in the 1200 church of St. Andrew, that also preserves a Crucifix of the Giotto school, and here the body of the Blessed Andrea Caccioli, companion of St. Francis, is exhibited.
Spello’s Infiorate is a manifestation which takes place every year in the small Umbrian town of Spello (Italy) on the occasion of the Corpus Domini feast, on the ninth Sunday after Easter. On that night, almost a thousand people work incessantly to create carpets and pictures made of flowers along the narrow town’s streets. The floral creations cover streets throughout the historical centre in preparation to the passage of the Blessed Sacrament carried in procession by the bishop on Sunday morning. The result is a unique one mile-long path of beautiful floral creations with an explosion of colours and scents.
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