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Spoleto

(spōlĕ`tō), city (1991 pop. 37,763), Umbria, central Italy. It is a light industrial and tourist center. An Umbrian and later an Etruscan town, the city flourished after being taken (242 B.C.) by the Romans. It later became (c.A.D. 571) the seat of an important Lombard duchy that extended over much of Umbria, Marche, and the Abruzzi. The city was destroyed by Emperor Frederick I in 1155 but was rebuilt. Although Spoleto was included in Charlemagne's donation to the church (8th cent.), the dukes were named by the emperors until 1201, when Otto IV renounced the imperial rights. Soon afterward (1213), the duchy came under direct papal rule (to 1860). A local school of painting flourished in Spoleto in the 14th and 15th cent. In the city are Roman ruins: a bridge, the arch of Drusus (A.D. 21), a theater, and an amphitheater. The 4th-century basilica of San Salvatore (renovated several times) is a remarkable example of early Christian architecture. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (begun by Frederick I) has frescoes by Filippo Lippi (who is buried in the cathedral) and Pinturicchio. "La Rocca," originally a castle (14th cent.), is now a penitentiary. The Spoleto FestivalSpoleto Festival,
also called Festival of the Two Worlds, annual summer arts festival held in Spoleto, Italy. Founded by the composer Gian-Carlo Menotti and the conductor Thomas Schippers, the festival has been held annually since 1958.
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, a major annual festival of the arts, is held here.
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Major organization : CENTRALE DI COMMITTENZA FRA I COMUNI DI SPOLETO, NORCIA, SANT~ANATOLIA DI NARCO, SCHEGGINO, VALLO DI NERA, MONTELEONE DI SPOLETO, SELLANO E CERRETO DI SPOLETO, PER CONTO DEL COMUNE DI SPOLETO
It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.
Zainab Saumy, a young Muslim girl from Sri Lanka, has won the Under 2000 Women's Competition in the FIDE World Amateur Chess Championship in Spoleto, Italy.
He also won in auditions to participate in the Spoleto Festival held in Charleston, United States and Spoleto, Italy.
By NICOLA CHECCARELLI Umbria cycling guide MORNING I'd ride along the disused railway line from Spoleto to Norcia in Perugia, Italy, then head to Castelluccio di Norcia, in the Monti Sibillini National Park, with its meadows coming into flower.
She has caught the ear--and, I dare say, the eye--of Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon, who engaged her to sing Susanna this June in Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro at Festival de Dui Monde in Spoleto, Italy.
Il Fatto Quotidiano reported on Tuesday that the alleged fraud and corruption occurred when a bank based in central Italy, Banca Popolare di Spoleto (BPS), was put in the hands of administrators and subsequently sold last year to another bank, Banco Desio.
Streetcar visits the Spoleto Festival USA in South Carolina, as well as Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.
Escorted visits to Tuscan gems Siena and San Gimignano, exquisite Florence, Eternal City Rome, delightful Perugia, walled Spoleto, and extraordinary Pompeii are all included.
Visits to Assisi, Siena, San Gimignano, Florence, Perugia, Spoleto, Rome and Pompeii ?
My husband, Jim, and I happened upon the visual and performing arts festival Spoleto USA two years ago when we were in Charleston, South Carolina.
Umbria, Rome & the Heart of Italy Flying direct from Bristol Departs Apr to Jul, Sept & Oct 2015 This wonderful two-centre tour, with accommodation in fine four-star hotels, includes visits to Tuscan gems Siena and San Gimignano, exquisite Florence, Eternal City Rome, delightful Perugia, walled Spoleto, and extraordinary Pompeii.