I was super excited to spend a day in Spello, a historical town known as the city of art and flowers. And it was nice, but perhaps it was not quite preserved as well as some of the other nearby towns.
Asphalt had been poured over the cobblestones, and the city was full of excavators doing work which detracted from the overall prettiness of the town.
In saying that though, it’s still a sweet town with a lot of potential, and it looks like they’re working hard to make it better. Perhaps they’re just doing renovations now, so that it’s looking spick and span for you in peak season.
My favourite thing to do in Spello was to wander the flowery streets, smell the smells from the restaurants and greet the friendly locals. There were a whole lot of interesting little shops with local crafts that are worth peeking into.
You can poke your head into the Chiesa di S. Maria Maggiore, yet another really nice Umbrian church. The highlight of this church is the Cappella Baglioni, which has frescoes painted by Pintorricchio (1501), but you have to pay to fully see them (although you can get a decent view from outside), which seems a bit inappropriate in the ‘house of God.’
Further along the main street is the Cheisa di S. Andrea. I’m running out of ways to say ‘another nice church’. That’s what it is.
Then you can walk around the perimeter of the citadel and see the old gates, towers and archways.
You can also walk up the hill to Chiesa di S. Maria in Vallegloria. It’s a nice little chapel with some lovely views on the way.
Spello is a nice place but it wasn’t the highlight of my trip in Umbria. However, it looks like work is being done to improve it, so keep it on your list of towns to watch.
Have you been to Spello? Would you visit again?