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“Historic gem with a fascinating cemetary”

Basilica di San Salvatore
Reviewed 17 May 2015

The Basilica of San Salvatore is just a 6-minute walk from the bottom of the set of escalators that lead down from Spoleto's Duomo and Ponzianina areas. Considered to be one of Italy's oldest churches, it was built using Roman salvaged remains. This is apparent when you view the inside because there is not the usual continuity with its architecture and decorative elements. It is rather simple inside yet it's a stunning example of early Christian thinking. Located below the basilica is a lovely cemetery whose tombs and gravestones are art in themselves. Take time to meander through the rows of tombs adoringly embellished with fresh flowers, statues, and photographs of the deceased. From here you can also catch some nice views of Spoleto's hilltop to the southwest. The church is free to enter and during the high season it is open late.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

Best to visit with a guide describing what the see. The interior is not exceptionnal but host some major piece of italian history. Exterior walls are gorgeous

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

This is one of the best examples of early archeology of any church or basilica and is wonderful.
Be careful of opening hours though as we had to return

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The Duomo is interesting and impressive, and the Rocca is big and imposing, but the real gem of Spoleto is this unassuming Basilica outside the city walls. It's not that far, all things considered, but in Spoleto you get used to everything being just a 10 minute walk away, so it feels somewhat removed. But it's definitely worth the trip. It feels... different. Big churches don't move me in the same way this place did -- it has a raw power that's hard to find in the well-preserved, high-traffic duomos. The columns and the simple but commanding altar were the highlights for me. Even though it's tiny and you can see it in 5 minutes, you'll want to spend awhile in there and in the adjoining cemetery.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We found that it is open from 10-12 and then 3-6. The inside is so very impressive. The columns, frescoes and just the general feel is fantastic.

Date of experience: May 2014
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