Monteleone di Spoleto

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Monteleone di Spoleto
Comune di Monteleone di Spoleto
View of Monteleone di Spoleto
View of Monteleone di Spoleto
Coat of arms of Monteleone di Spoleto
Coat of arms
Monteleone di Spoleto is located in Italy
Monteleone di Spoleto
Monteleone di Spoleto
Location of Monteleone di Spoleto in Italy
Coordinates: 42°39′5″N 12°57′6″E / 42.65139°N 12.95167°E / 42.65139; 12.95167
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province / Metropolitan city Perugia (PG)
Frazioni Butino, Rescia, Ruscio, Trivio
 • Mayor Nando Durastanti
 • Total 61.58 km2 (23.78 sq mi)
Elevation 978 m (3,209 ft)
Population (28 February 2010)[1]
 • Total 648
 • Density 11/km2 (27/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Monteleonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 06045
Dialing code 0743
Patron saint St. Nicholas
Saint day 6 December
Website Official website

Monteleone di Spoleto (in Antiquity, the Roman town of Brufa), is a town and comune of Italy, in the province of Perugia in southeast Umbria at 978 meters (3209 ft) above sea-level overhanging the upper valley of the Corno River. It is one of the more remote towns in Umbria, on a mountain road from Norcia and Cascia (33 km and 12 km NNE respectively) to Leonessa and Rieti in the Lazio (10 km S and 51 km SSW).

The population of the comune was 648 in 2010, with the town proper accounting for about half of that; the frazioni of Monteleone are Butino, Rescia, Ruscio, and Trivio.

Monteleone is famous for one of the world's great archaeological finds: a 6th‑century BC Etruscan chariot that quickly followed the path of money and by the early 20th century had already wound up in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. A copy of the chariot is on display in Monteleone. There remain, however, few if any traces of the town's Roman days: destroyed and rebuilt by the Spoletans in the 12th century, it offers at present an essentially medieval appearance.

The main monument in Monteleone is the 14th-century church of San Francesco, with a cloister now serving as a lapidary museum, a Gothic door and a fresco of Christ crucified in the full robes of a bishop, with a loaf of bread under one foot and a chalice of wine under the other. Under the cloister a second church can be seen, complete with a 14th‑century fresco. Other monuments include several other medieval churches, the 15th‑century Palazzo Bernabò, and vestiges of the town's medieval walls, including a clock tower.


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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