Spello: a journey through flowers, mosaics and ancient Roman ruins

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
    
icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Few regions are like Umbria, capable of arousing such intense emotions.
For the visitor, crossing this region with different profiles and multiple souls is like entering into a dimension where spiritual suggestions, artistic testimonies and environmental highlights perfectly complement each other.
Museums and archaeological parks will make you experience a journey through time and history.

Air-conditioned vehicle
Guided tour
Entrance fees for Villa dei Mosaici and Carsulae Archaeological Park
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that pick-up and drop-off is included if whitin the Aurelian Walls

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Spello
HISTORY After the Ancient Umbrii who, according to many historians, founded Spello, the Romans arrived. They called the colony Julia Hispellum (circa 41 BC) and gave impetus to the town's most important historical period. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the town was destroyed by the Ostrogoths led by Totila and became part of the Longobard Duchy of Spoleto. After the turbulent years of the Early Middle Ages, it became an independent commune in the 12th century. Towards the end of the 14th century Spello was under the rule of the Baglioni family from Perugia who held it until 1583. During this time the town enjoyed an intense period of artistic activity and was enriched with Renaissance masterpieces by Pintoricchio, Perugino and Alunno. Spello then came under the dominion of the Papal States, except for the brief Napoleonic period, until 1860. ART, CULTURE, ENVIRONMENT Spello combines its medieval features, such as winding alleys and ancient stone houses, with several remains of the Roman era, such as the town walls and the still well-preserved gates, the remains of the theatre, the amphitheatre and of the baths 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 gates: the Consular gate (first c. BC), the Urbica gate (or St. Ventura gate) and the Venus gate of Augustan age, built as a triumphal arch, flanked by two dodecagonal towers, so called of Properzio. INFIORATA di Spello is an event 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 town's narrow streets. Floral creations cover streets throughout the historical centre in preparation for 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 colors and scents.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Villa dei Mosaici
The Villa of Mosaics in Spello, of which almost 500 square metres have been uncovered, is one of the most important archaeological discoveries made in recent years in Umbria. It offers ten rooms with beautiful mosaic floors that have extraordinary polychrome decorations, such as geometrical elements, human figures, wild and fantastic animals. The Villa of Mosaics in Spello was discovered in July 2005, just outside Spello’s walls, in the area of St. Anna, during the works for the construction of a public car park.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Carsulae - Parco Archeologico
In this rich and active old center, designed during the Augustan ages, the remnants of the main public, civil and religious monuments are still visible: the Curia and the Gemini Temples—overlooking the Forum—the Basilica, the Theater and the Amphitheater. The latter is positioned along the Via Flaminia, which entered into the town through the monumental Arch of San Damiano. The Via Flaminia urban stretch constituted the "Cardo Maximus"—main axis, from north to south, in Latin. It was paved with large blocks of stone called basoli and had edge-stones on the sides functioning as sidewalks and gutters to drain water. Funerary monuments are still visible to the north of the Arch of San Damiano, while on the opposite side there are Thermal Bath facilities, where the work of excavation has not been completed yet. The water supply was provided through some Cisterns, one of them—after having had several different functions—has been transformed into a Antiquarium, and destined to house the display of the architectural fragments and frescoed detached plaster and architectural terracotta, as well as a series of sculptures for a funerary destination. The medieval Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, built on a pre-existing Roman edifice along the Via Flaminia, testifies to the spreading of Christianity. This construction has been used as a depot of archaeological materials for a long time, and in recent times has been recovered and transformed into a display structure
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

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