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Comune di Spello
Coat of Arms of Comune di Spello
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province Perugia (PG)
Altitude 280 m
Area 61 km²
 - City
 - Density

8,593 (as of December 31, 2004)
Time zone CET, UTC+1
Coordinates 42°59′N 12°40′E
Frazioni Collepino, San Giovanni, Limiti, Acquatino, Capitan Loreto
Telephone Prefix 0742
Postal Code 06038
Gentilic Spellani
 - Saint

St. Felix
May 18
Mayor Sandro Vitali (since June 13, 2004)
Website www.comune.spello.pg.it

Spello (in Antiquity: Hispellum) is an ancient town and comune (township) of Italy, in the province of Perugia in east central Umbria, on the lower southern flank of Mt. Subasio. It is 6 km (4 mi) NNW of Foligno and 10 km (6 mi) SSE of Assisi. Image File history File links Spello-Stemma. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... The Regions of Italy were granted a degree of regional autonomy in the 1948 constitution, which states that the constitutions role is: to recognize, protect and promote local autonomy, to ensure that services at the State level are as decentralized as possible, and to adapt the principles and laws... Umbria is a region of central Italy, bordered by Tuscany to the west, the Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. ... In Italy, the province (in Italian: provincia) is an administrative division of an intermediate level, between municipality (comune) and region (Regione). ... Perugia (It. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... Density (symbol: ρ - Greek: rho) is a measure of mass per unit of volume. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Central European Time (CET) is one of the names of UTC+1 time zone, 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... It has been suggested that leap second be merged into this article or section. ... A frazione, in Italy, is the name given in administrative law to a type of territorial subdivision of a comune; for other subdivisions, see municipio, circoscrizione, quartiere: these are the lowest subdivisions of the country. ... A demonym or gentilic is a word that denotes the members of a people or the inhabitants of a place. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hispellum (mod. ... Perugia (It. ... Umbria is a region of central Italy, bordered by Tuscany to the west, the Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. ... Foligno, (Latin: Fulginiae, Fulginium) an ancient town of Italy, in the province of Perugia in east central Umbria, at 233 meters (764 ft) above sea-level, on the Topino river where it leaves the Apennines and enters the wide plain of the Clitunno river system. ... Crest of the township (comune) of Assisi Assisi (Latin: Asisium) is a town and episcopal see in Italy in Perugia province, Italy, in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Mt. ...

The old walled town lies on a regularly NW-SE sloping ridge that eventually meets the plain. From the top of the ridge, Spello commands a good view of the Umbrian plain towards Perugia; at the bottom of the ridge, the town spills out of its walls into a small modern section (or Borgo) served by the rail line from Rome to Florence via Perugia. Perugia is the capital city in the region of Umbria in central Italy, near the Tiber river, and the capital of the province of Perugia. ... This is the current Article Improvement Drive collaboration! CAST YOUR VOTE for next weeks article For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... Founded 59 BC as Florentia Region Tuscany Mayor Leonardo Domenici (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  102 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 356,000 almost 500,000 3,453/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Latitude Longitude 43°47 N 11°15 E www. ...


Main sights

The densely-inhabited town, built of stone, is of decidedly medieval aspect, and is enclosed in a circuit of medieval walls on Roman foundations, including three Roman or Late Antique gates and traces of three more, as well several medieval gates. Spello boasts about two dozen small churches, most of them medieval: the most important are:

  • S. Maria Maggiore (13th century), with a very fine chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio
  • S. Andrea
  • S. Lorenzo
  • S. Claudio (11th century or earlier), an elegant building with a rose window and votive frescoes, said to have been built on the remains of a Roman temple

In the plain, near S. Claudio, are the remains of a semi-excavated Roman amphitheater; and a small valley to the east of the town is remarkable for its traces of Roman centuriation. (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ... The Crucifixion with Sts Jerome and Christopher (1471) Oil on wood, 59 x 40 cm Galleria Borghese, Rome Pinturicchio (1454-1513), Italian painter, whose full name was Bernardino di Betti. ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ... The Temple of Hercules Victor, near the Teatro di Marcello in Rome (a Greek-style Roman temple) // Pagan history and architecture Originally in Roman paganism, a templum was not (necessarily) a cultic building but any ritually marked observation site for natural phenomena believed to allow predictions, such as the flight...

Beyond the town proper, the comune's chief monuments are the church of S. Silvestro at Collepino, and the church of the Madonna della Spella with late-medieval votive frescoes and graffiti.

External links

  • Official Site
  • Bill Thayer's site (including Urbini's Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco)

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The upper part of the village doesn’t, to my mind, compare with Spello or some of the hilltop places we saw in Abruzzo but the entrance around the city gate at the bottom is great and I wish we’d had time to look at what seemed an interesting market there the day we left.
The main area in Spello for the residents to congregate seemed to be the large square at the entrance to the village, where the buses to other villages start and the market is held.
Italian Festivals & Events: Spello, Infiorata, flowers (375 words)
Spello's 8,000 inhabitants are all active participants in painting religious themes on the streets, not with paints and brushes, but with flower petals to celebrate the miracle of transubstantiation.
The people of Spello begin collecting flowers from the countryside up to two weeks in advance, and to preserve the flowers they are stored in garages or underground areas.
The judges make their decisions over a feast of local specialties such as bruschetta al pomodoro with shaved truffle, crostini made of smoked salmon and liver pate with white beans and caviar, risotto with porcini mushrooms and wild asparagus, and the meal is topped of with la rocciata, a nut and fruit filled apple strudel.
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