2. Spello: Roman Mosaics and Renaissance Masterpieces Tour
Spello, known as one of the most beautiful town in Italy thanks to its wonderful medieval buildings made of pink limestone and colorful flowers, dominates the amazing Umbrian Valley from the slopes of Mount Subasio. Particularly beautiful are the remains of the Ancient Roman city, called “Splendidissima Colonia Julia” (“Most Beautiful Julia Colony”) by Emperor Augustus: imposing walls, majestic city gates and, above all, the Villa of Mosaics, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last 20 years. You will visit a wonderful Roman villa, that takes its name from the splendid colorful mosaics that refer to the beautiful Umbrian countryside, depicting wild birds and grape harvest, but also to exotic and fantastic animals, such as panthers and sea monsters. Entering the city through the Roman Porta Consolare (Consular Gate), you will enjoy the fascinating alleys of the medieval Spello and its wonderful churches. In the Church of Sant’Andrea Apostolo you will admire a sixteenth-century masterpiece painted by Pinturicchio, one of the greatest artists of the time, nicknamed “the Little Painter”. This notorious Umbrian artist is also the author of the frescoes of the Baglioni Chapel in the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore: here you will also admire a splendid floor made of Deruta ceramics and the famous self-portrait of Pinturicchio, discovering all the details hidden in his masterpieces! Finally, enjoy the spectacular Porta Venere, built in Roman times but flanked in the Middle Ages by the mighty Towers of Properzio, and the breathtaking view of the Umbrian Valley!