Key to Umbria: Spello

The Collegio Vitale Rosi was established in the 19th century to the north in Largi Mazzini.

This was the site of the ancient Oratorio di San Giacomo and an adjacent hospice.  The hospice closed in 1571 but the oratory remained in use until 1773, when it was deconsecrated.  It now forms part of the the Biblioteca Comunale Giacomo Prampolini.

Seminario San Felice (1611-1832)

Bishop Cardinal Maffeo Barberini of Spoleto (the future Pope Urban VIII) established the Seminario San Felice in 1611.  It occupied part of the Rocca Baglioni from 1620, a fact commemorated in the naming of Via Seminario Vecchio, which runs along the side of the Rocca.  The seminary moved to this location in 1821, and received the goods of the extinct Monastero della Povera Vita in 1628.  It was destroyed in the earthquake of 1832. 

Collegio Vitale Rosi (1869-1959)

The seminary was rebuilt and re-opened in 1869 as the Collegio Vitale Rosi, under the direction of the Somaschi Fathers.  It was named for Vitale Rosi (1782-1851), the so-called Socrates of Umbria.  The college also acquired the nearby Palazzo Urbani in 1940.  The college had a summer residence for its inmates in the Villa Fidelia: there is a fresco of the villa in the college [where ??].

The college closed in 1959 and the complex was adapted as a primary school.  Part of it passed into private ownership in 1990.  The Biblioteca Comunale Giacomo Prampolini (mentioned above) moved here in 2007.

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Collegio Vitale Rosi (1869)

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