The old Roman town of Spello

Umbria is Italy’s green heart, and Spello has a fair claim to represent Umbria at its finest. No must-see sights perhaps, but therein lies the village’s seductive charms – it’s the easygoing dolce vita of the land and the locals that makes time passed here well spent. A village of medieval streets amidst ancient Roman remains, Spello lies on a sloping ridge overlooking the Umbrian plains. Walk through ancient Roman gates and start exploring the cheerful little streets in butterscotch tones with flowering geraniums. Around every corner is another serene little meandering lane, a photograph-me-please medieval church, and a friendly ‘buongiorno’ from a local or two. Whichever way you ramble, you quickly come to the village’s edge, the countryside opening up to reveal sweeping views and inviting walking trails, or head back to the village square for coffees and gelato. A low-key, soothing melody of a place.

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