Borghi più Belli: Spello

Apr 3, 2024 | Things to do in Umbria | 0 comments

Welcome to the picturesque town of Spello, where charm awaits at every corner. Let yourself be captivated by its narrow streets, adorned with vibrant flowers and inviting terraces. Keep your camera ready as you explore this enchanting Borgo, hailed as one of the most beautiful in Umbria.

Spello omgeven door olijfbomen

A timeless escape

Nestled in the heart of Umbria, Spello offers a tranquil retreat into a world of cobblestone pathways, ancient architecture, and breathtaking vistas. Wander through the winding alleys, adorned with cascading blooms from balconies, and feel transported back in time. Here, locals still begin their day with a leisurely coffee at the bar, exchanging friendly banter.

Formerly known as Hispellum, this scenic gem thrived under the reign of Roman Emperor Augustus. His influence is evident in the majestic city walls and grand gateways that embrace Spello. Explore the charming medieval streets, the weathered stone houses, and the well-preserved remnants from the Roman era, including the Amphitheatre, the Baths, and the Roman Villa of the Mosaics.

Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Cappella Baglioni, adorned with exquisite frescoes by Pinturicchio, or the vibrant Majolica floor of Santa Maria Maggiore. Discover the cultural riches housed within the Palazzo dei Canonici and the church of San Lorenzo, featuring a magnificent marble tabernacle by Flaminio Vacca.

Kunst en cultuur in Spello

Culinary delights

But Spello isn’t just a feast for the eyes—it’s also a paradise for food enthusiasts. Indulge in authentic Umbrian cuisine at family-run trattorias, where each dish pays homage to centuries-old culinary traditions. From hearty plates of pasta infused with locally sourced truffles to the delicate flavors of olive oil, Spello offers a gastronomic journey like no other.

Savor a moment of relaxation at Enoteca Properzio, a charming wine bar boasting a wide selection of local and regional wines, accompanied by delectable snacks. Alternatively, sample delicious local fare such as bruschetta, cheese, and cold cuts at La Cantina di Spello, soaking in the cozy ambiance.

Lokale lekkernijen in Spello

Cose da fare

One of Spello’s most renowned events is the Infiorate di Spello. During this festival, the streets burst to life with intricate floral carpets, meticulously crafted by locals to celebrate Corpus Christi. It’s a vibrant celebration of color and creativity that shouldn’t be missed. You can read more about this event in our blog.

Infiorata Spello

For outdoor enthusiasts, the surrounding hills of Monte Subasio offer a plethora of hiking trails, affording panoramic views of the lush countryside. Read about one of these walks in our blog about the Anello Acquedotto Romano

Explore the area by e-bike, with or without a guide, courtesy of Umbria Electric Bike.

Take home a piece of Spello

Before bidding adieu, peruse the local shops brimming with artisanal products and crafts. From hand-painted ceramics to delectable truffle delicacies, from the fragrant scents of “Acqua ai Fiori di Spello” to the skincare wonders of “Oro di Spello,” these souvenirs serve as cherished mementos of your colorful Spello experience.

Steegjes vol bloemen in Spello

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