Spoleto is a charming small town in Umbria, Italy. Its ancient and medieval history give it a unique character, with so many colourful alleyways to explore. It is a sweet place to be and I felt like I was in a fairytale from the minute I stepped into the old town.
My gorgeous Spoleto apartment
I’d found a room available in the centre of the town (just off Piazza Liberta) for 30 euros a night, but the owner happened to have an empty apartment upstairs and kindly allowed me to stay there for no extra charge. How exciting!! I had my own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and lounger for a whole two days! This is a luxury for those of us used to cramped hostel beds.
Oh and did I mention the view?
My fairytale had suddenly gotten a whole lot more magical.
Taste of Umbria in Spoleto
That evening I headed out for dinner to a spectacular restaurant only one street over from my apartment called Tempio del Gusto. Oh my lord. It was so amazing. I went for the Umbrian menu, a multi course extravaganza of the best food from the region. It was an amazing introduction to the tastes of Umbria. The menu included specialities like sliced pigeon and truffle flavoured everything. The chef also gave us a few extra dishes out of the goodness of his heart and an obvious passion for Umbrian food.
Things to do in Spoleto
It’s a small town bursting with character and charm and that’s the ‘attraction’ I enjoyed most. You can’t go wrong wandering the through any and every cobblestoned street that catches your eye.
If you wander long enough, you’ll certainly stumble upon the long staircase sloping down the the Piazza del Duomo, which leads to the sandy coloured cathedral of Duomo di Spoleto. The cathedrals’s huge white walls are beautifully endowed with colourful paintings and frescoes telling fascinating stories through biblical imagery.
Then continue towards Rocca Albornoziana, the 14th century fortress occupying the hill above the main town. It’s not so big once you get inside. It’s now filled with art and historical relics that help bring the history of Spoleto to life. The colourful fescoes on the walls in the courtyard are particularly impressive.
If you walk around the fortress, you’ll see the stunning Ponte delle Torri bridge. It’s 10 arches impressively reach across the hills as it has done for centuries (although historians disagree about exactly how many). You can continue along the bridge and through the walking track Giro dei Condotti for some magnificent views.
Spoleto was a perfect introduction to Umbria and I look forward to sharing more about this beautiful region of Italy as my explorations continue.