Day Trip to Umbria: Spello

Miriam Spello gate

We drove for about an hour and a half until we arrived in Deruta, our first stop of the day. We spent the majority of our time there in Miriam Ceramiche, which carries original majolica designs as well as those of Eugenio Ricciarelli.

Then on to Spello, another half hour east, to walk around, have some lunch, and have a look.

Wall behind Spello gate Wall behind Spello gate

Spello is an Umbrian hill town, just like Assisi. It's well-preserved, about the same size as Assisi, perhaps 3,000 inhabitants, but had no St. Francis. So, while Assisi often feels as though it is overrun with tour buses and tourists, Spello seems quiet, just a nice medieval town to visit.

The wall behind Spello's gate.

Fresco in Spello church Spello houses

The church was not particularly remarkable, but did contain some nice frescoes.

Houses in Spello.

A view from up the hill Ristorante Il Pinturrichio

As we walked uphill, views got more and more interesting. We were searching for a restaurant called La Cacciatore, which had been recommended to me by my doctor for both its panoramic view and its food, but when we finally reached it, nearly at the top of the hill upon which Spello is built, it was closed.

No problem, we simply went to the closest restaurant we saw...

At the restaurant Town square with little park

And had a terrific meal - spaghetti with truffles, terrific chicken with prosciutto, and lamb.

Walking back downhill towards the town gate, we lingered a bit in the pretty little town square.

Town center buildings Town center detail

And poked aound, looking at the municipal buildings like this one.

Detail from one of Spello's municipal buildings.

Hispellum Street scene

I wanted to make a stop in an Umbrian food store to see what they carried. This one was excellent, with many varieties of local salamis, pastas, and cheeses.

Streets of Spello.

City sign with tower City sign

Before leaving, Jeff had a look at the town sign.

Spello town sign.

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