Museums

Those who wish to extensively live the city will be able to get the most out of the Spoleto Card.

The Spoleto Card allows to:

  •  visit all sites in the city
  • participate in thematic guided tours reserved to Card owners
  • make use of public transport within the old town

For further info, please refer to the page dedicated to the Spoleto Card

Spoleto’s museum network offers a comprehensive overlook on the historical-cultural local heritage. The works on display in the various spaces give the visitor a total view of the chronological phases related to the millenary history of the city of Spoleto and to learn about the events that contributed to the emergence of an extraordinary cultural unity in the area. The city’s ancient origins are testified to by the numberless archaeological finds, some of which very recent, displayed at the State Archaeological Museum, that features a very beautiful section dedicated to the Roman period. 

Another precious evidence of the Roman period is the Roman House, a valuable Patrician dwelling dating to the Ist century, possibly owned byEmperor Vespasiano’s mother; now it is a museum that displays its very beautiful mosaic floors that adorn all spaces brought back to light. 

Spoleto’s history’s chronological thread is well clear at the National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, set in the charming spaces of the Rocca Albornoziana. Fifteen halls on two levels display very beautiful paintings, sculptures and mosaics, adequately illustrating the wide duchy’s artistic trends between the IVth and XVth centuries. The Longobard section is particularly remarkable, featuring some of the most precious funerary outfits coming from the Nocera Umbra necropolis, one of the most important across Italy.

Another treasure chest is the Diocesan Museum, keeper of the best works of art and sacred furnishings coming from the area of the Spoleto diocese. The museum is set in a wing of the old Spoletan bishop’s palace, and it gives access to the next Basilica di Sant’Eufemia, one of the most beautiful and important Romanesque churches in Umbria. A visit to the Museum of Textile and Costume, is advisable to all enthusiasts and experts of the sector, who will enjoy a remarkable collection of clothes and textiles from various periods.

Finally, the city’s museum patrimony got richer with a huge contemporary art collection, thanks mainly to outstanding international artists who exhibited their works on the occasion of Sculture nella città, the famous exhibition organized for the 1962 Spoleto Festival Of Two Worlds. Some of these works are still part of the collection at G. Carandente Modern Art Gallery, in Palazzo Collicola, that hosts works by Calder, Smith, Le Witt, Leoncillo, Consagra and Burri.

All museums in Spoleto are located inside old noble palaces, aptly highlighting their contents.

Casa Menotti, first dwelling of M° Gian Carlo Menotti in Spoleto, was opened thanks to the committment of the Monini Foundation and it allows to consult materials from the Festival Of Two Worlds Documentation Centre.

Info and opening times: www.casamenotti.it

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