Monteleone di Spoleto
Province of Perugia - tourist information I.A.T. Tel 0743-71401. Town Hall Tel. 0743-70421
Population: 626 (Monteleonesi); 61.58 sq km area, height above sea level 978 m, distance from Perugia: Km 103, Tel Dial/Area Code 0743; Zip/Postal Code 06045; Train Station (FS in Spoleto) to 54 km; Motorway/Highway: Autostrada del Sole (Florence-Rome), see City of Cascia.
Hamlets: Butino, Rescia, Ruscio, Trivio.
Set on a hill along the valley of the river Corno, near the border and the province of Rieti. Monteleone di Spoleto has its ancient origins as shown by archaeological findings unearthed near the town; in the Colle del Capitano a burial ground from the Bronze Age and a chariot of the sixth century B.C., perfectly preserved, now on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (in Monteleone there is a copy) (F07 Monteleone_Biga_icon.jpg). Monteleone di Spoleto was probably built in the hills of the ancient town of Brufa, in the twelfth century, it was then destroyed and rebuilt by Spoleto and became part of the domains of this city by following, from that moment, Spoleto’s historical events.
In Monteleone di Spoleto, Beato Angelo of Monteleone was born, and also the music teacher Charles Innocenzi (XX sec.).
WHAT TO SEE
The Medieval Age has shaped Monteleonene into a stronghold that sees evidence of this today by the view of the castle on the hillside. Worthwhile things to see in the town: the Corno Tower, with its pointed arch, which was originally the gate to the ancient castle, of which only a few ruins remain; the Palace Bernabo from the XV century, still well preserved (recently restored); and the church of San Francesco, built in the thirteenth century, (restored in the fifteenth and eighteenth century) and recently completely renovated and modernized. The facade is characterized by a beautiful Gothic portal, flanked by two stone lions on shelves, the interior, with two aisles, houses a painting of the sixteenth century., A beautiful cloister with pointed arches and a fresco of the 1300’s, and on the lower floor of the cloister there are frescos dating back to the 1400’s by Jacopo da Leonessa. The surroundings are very striking, inviting us to explore.
Predominantly agricultural with cattle, sheep, pigs, cultivation of spelt and other natural products such as the prized black truffle. Handcrafts are well-represented, with companies operating in the wood industry and in the food industry. Further strengthening the tourism industry, Monteleone di Spoleto is even a popular health resort.