Turner’s passage through the Apennines took him out the Marche region of Italy and into Umbria where the first significant stop of note en routeto Rome was Foligno, a town extending across a large plain to the west of the mountains. Eustace described it in A Classical Tour Through Italy as ‘large ... yet a very indifferent town’,1 but despite his ambivalence, Turner found Foligno provided some interesting subjects for sketching. Cecilia Powell has identified this view as the Church of San Giacomo from across the River Topino. In the foreground are the arches and tower of the Ponte San Giacomo (demolished in 1837). The site of present-day Porta Firenze, the bridge represented the main entrance to Foligno from the north.
John Chetwode Eustace, A Classical Tour Through Italy, London 1815, vol.I, p.318.