Travel and Culture in Umbria

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The most important architectural work in town is the Cathedral....


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The most important architectural work in town is the Cathedral (Duomo), built between 1290 and 1320 in Gothic Romanesque style, with a front built with marble and decorated with mosaics. Inside we recommend you to see the St Brizio Chapel’s frescoes, made by Luca Signorelli in 1499.
Near the Cathedral you find Soliano Palace, the ex papal residence, which is today the residence of the Medieval Art Museum.
Otherwise the architectural structure of St Patrick’s Well, by Antonio di Sangallo, belongs to the first twenty years of the 16th century, with its famous double helix stair, that was used to go down to the well.

Another interesting museum is the one dedicated to the contemporary sculptor Emilio Greco, who is the author of the Cathedral’s new doors, made in 1968.
You must also visit the archeological remnants of the Etruscan Tombs, that stand at the foot of the cliff on which the town rises.

Finally, in the medieval town’s quarter, there is a picturesque underground way, formed by caves rich in archeological finds, which have been brought to light by recent excavations.





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