Key to Umbria: Spoleto

San Filippo Neri (1640-71)

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The Oratorian Fathers established a community in Spoleto soon after the canonisation of their founder, St Philip Neri in 1622.  Their first residence was at San Sabinuccio (see Walk I).

The Oratorians acquired this site in 1640 and built the present church, which was designed by Loreto Scelli

  1. The nave of the church was complete by 1653 and the cupola was built in ca. 1671.

  2. Work began on the new convent behind the church in ca. 1670.  

The community was suppressed in 1860. 

The convent, which extends behind the left side of the church along Corso Mazzini, is now the seat of the Tribunale di Spoleto.

The church, which has undergone a long period of restoration, reopened in 2014.


The travertine marble facade of the church is inspired by Roman models.

The four columns of green porphyry in the left transept came from the Tempietto di Clitunno.


The church is currently in restoration (January 2008). 

Santuario del Beato Pietro Bonilli

The Blessed Peter Bonilli, who died in Spoleto in 1935, and was buried in San Filippo Neri, in a chapel known as the Santuario del Beato Pietro Bonilli.   The process for his beatification was opened in 1944, and he was beatified in 1988.  Following the earthquake of 1997, his relics were translated to a chapel in his original parish church of San Michele Arcangelo, Cannaiola, near.   This is now known as the Santuario del Beato Pietro Bonilli.

St Francis of Sales Crushes Heresy (17th century)

This panel in [the left transept]  is attributed to Francesco Refini

Works by/attributed to Gaetano Lapis

Two altarpieces (18th century) in the church are by/attributed to Gaetano Lapis:

  1. the presentation of the Virgin, on the 2nd altar on the right; and

  2. the Crucifixion, on the altar of the right transept.

Art from the Church

St Philip Neri (ca. 1640)

This bust, which is attributed to Alessandro Algardi, came from the sacristy.  It is based on the upper part of the figure of the saint in the group (1636-8) of St Philip Neri and an angel in the sacristy of Santa Maria Vallicella, Rome.  It is now in the Museo Diocesano.

Holy Family (ca. 1735)

This altarpiece by Sebastiano Conca  is now in the Museo Diocesano.

Descent of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1680)

This panel by Lazzaro Baldi, which is from the Cappella di San Brunone, is now in the Museo Diocesano.  It depicts the Virgin conferring a habit on the founders of the Servite Order.

Adoration of the Magi (17th century)

This panel, which is a copy of a panel by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, is now in the Museo Diocesano.  The original is in the church of Sant’ Eligio degli Orefici, Rome. 

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