Let’s take a walk in Foligno...
A few steps from In Centro Bed and Breakfast is the Piazza S. Giacomo whose beautiful church dates back to the 13th century. The present aspect is the result of the many changes it underwent in the 17th an 18th centuries. From Piazza S. Giacomo a pleasant walk along Via XX Settembre – with beautiful shops and nice alleys - takes you to Piazza della Repubblica, the heart of the town.
This is the meeting place of all the “folignati” who happen to be there either for work or leisure and the atmosphere is joyful. The Piazza was built in a stretched shape according to the typical Umbrian Medieval squares of 12th-13th centuries. Four roads depart from the four corners.
The side façade of the Foligno Cathedral can be admired from the northern side of the square. It has maintained the charm of its original Romanesque aspect which is rich in decoration but simple in shape. The Cathedral interior is neoclassic, with the crypt beeing the only visible remains of the original building.
On the same side of the square the beautiful Palazzo delle Canoniche can be admired. It was also built in the Middle Ages.
Opposite the Palazzo delle Canoniche is the Town Hall whose appearance is the result of the modifications made in the 19th century. On its side you can find the lovely Palazzetto Orfini, Renaissance in style and very important because it was there that the first printed edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy was realized in 1472 by Giovanni Numeister.
The building next to it is the Palazzo del Podestà built in the 15th century and which features lovely architectural details typical of that period.
But the real jewel of the Piazza is the Palazzo Trinci whose external appearance doesn’t reveal the many beauties that it enshrines in its interior.
The present building is the result of the superimposition of various medieval buildings and the façade belongs to the 19th century. As soon as you enter the courtyard you realize how splendid the Palazzo is. The grand staircase leads into the rooms that hide treasures of inestimable value. The exquisite frescoes by Gentile da Fabriano and other famous painters enchant the visitor with their richness and fine execution.
From Piazza della Repubblica you can stroll through the town following many different itineraries: you can stop to admire the numerous noble palaces overlooking the main streets or you can explore the little side streets that surround the Piazza della Repubblica or the Piazza del Grano. In this way, you can absorb the medieval atmosphere or you can lose yourself in the search for the innumerable churches and convents that jealously guard at their interior treasures of art of inestimable value.
The church of S. Maria Infraportas is just an example of the traces left by the long history of Foligno: it has Roman origins – in the Chapel of the Assunta, Saints Peter and Paul are said to have prayed - and its actual aspect is Romanesque with frescoes from the Foligno school of the XVth and XVIth centuries.