The Langobards’ corner at Palazzo Mauri

In 2017, thanks to the European project “ALL – Across the Lombards’ Lands” – financed by the COSME programme – a “Longobard corner” was installed at Palazzo Mauri, with information panels and a whole section of the “G. Carducci” City Library available for consulting texts and watching videos to deepen your knowledge of this people and of the Duchy of Spoleto.

“ALL” (Across Lombards’ Lands) is a fairly complex project involving seven public and private entities, including the City of Spoleto, with the aim of developing and promoting transnational tourist offers “for all” based on the common Lombard heritage. The proposals, developed jointly with the SMEs of the territories involved, take into account the needs of tourists who need to move in the absence of architectural, cultural and behavioural barriers: people with disabilities, elderly people, people with temporary difficulties.

In Italy, the cities of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno have been chosen from the UNESCO serial site of the Longobards.

The proposed itinerary allows you to see the Basilica of San Salvatore (since 2017, unaccessible due to the seismic events that struck our territory, you can see the main nave only through a glass), one of the main Longobard architectural evidence in central Italy and World Heritage Site since 2011; the precious archaeological finds kept at the National Museum of the Duchy inside the Rocca Albornoz; the extraordinary polychrome mosaics of Palazzo Pianciani and Palazzo Mauri; the refined sculptural remains scattered in the churches of the city.

An opportunity to immerse yourself in the glorious past of Spoleto, capital of one of the most important duchies established by the Longobards in Italy, and to deepen your knowledge of this still mysterious but fundamental people for the history and culture of Italy and Europe.

Another itinerary includes a visit to the Tempietto sul Clitunno, a masterpiece of religious architecture of the early Middle Ages recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; the findings of the necropolis of Santa Maria di Pietrarossa, currently housed in the San Francesco Museum in Trevi; and finally the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle in Ferentillo, closely linked to the history of the dukes of Spoleto, a true jewel of art set in an uncontaminated context of high environmental and landscape value.

The itinerary that winds along the Spoleto Valley and the Valnerina allows you to live an all-round experience of the “culture of the place“, where the artistic and cultural aspects are combined with the splendid views of the Umbrian landscape, the typical productions of oil, wine, cereals and legumes, which let you taste an authentic atmosphere with a strong reference to the Middle Ages.

In Europe, the route winds its way through the cities of Slovenia and their rich collections of Longobard museums, starting with the Slovenian National Museum in Ljubljana, passing by the Kranj Museum, the Bled Castle Museum and finally the Šentjur Museum where the findings from the nearby Rifnik Archaeological Park are kept.

The territory of Slovenia was the most advanced point of the Longobard domination during the period of the settlement of this people in Central and Eastern Europe, and then became the most advanced point of defence of the Longobard Kingdom of Italy and the Duchy of Cividale.

Happy Monday with “At Home with the Longobards!

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