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Spoleto occupies a strategic geographical position due to its location at the head of a large, broad valley, surrounded by mountains.
It appears to have been an important town to the original Umbri tribes, who built walls around their settlement in the 5th BC, some of which are visible today.
Spoleto was situated on the eastern branch of the Via Flaminia, which forked into two roads at Narni and rejoined at Forum Flaminii, near Foligno.
An ancient road also ran from Spoleto to Nursia. The Ponte Sanguinario of the first century BC still exists.
The Forum lies under today's marketplace.
The first reference to Spoleto is the notice of the foundation of a colony here in 241 BC and it was still, according to Cicero, "colonia latina in primis firma et illustris": a Latin colony in 95 BC.
After the Battle of Lake Trasimeno 217 BC, Spoleto was attacked by Hannibal, who was repulsed by the inhabitants.
During the Second Punic War the city was a useful ally to Rome.
Under the Lombards, Spoleto became the capital of an independent duchy, the Duchy of Spoleto from 570, and its dukes ruled a considerable part of central Italy.
In 774 it became part of Holy Roman Empire.
Together with other fiefs, it was bequeathed to Pope Gregory VII by the powerful countess Matilda of Tuscany, but for some time struggled to maintain its independence.
In 1155 it was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa. In 1213 it was definitively occupied by Pope Gregory IX.
During the absence of the papal court in Avignon, it was prey to the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, until in 1354 Cardinal Albornoz brought it once more under the authority of the Papal States.
A wonderful mix of remnants from its Roman and medieval pasts, Spoleto’s history actually goes back further to Bronze Age Umbria.
Umbria wheelchair friendly Spoleto accessible Italian tours today, it’s best known for its annual summer Festival dei Due Mondi ( Festival of Two Worlds or Spoleto Festival ), honoring music, opera, theater and dance.
Among the city’s many excellent historic sights are its first century Roman Amphitheater, the XII century Duomo, XIII century Ponte delle Torri aqueduct and the XIV century hilltop fortress, Rocca Albornoziana.
Umbria wheelchair friendly Spoleto accessible Italian tours resembles an illustration from one of those classic fairy-tale books.
Walking through its cobbled, arched streets is like walking in a dream. It is the kind of place where fantasy meets reality and you believe that anything could happen!
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