Saturday, May 28, 2011


We left Rome on Day 3 (I'm already getting confused by the order of all of this!) and headed toward our next overnight destination, Assisi. But on the way, we stopped at another medieval hilltop town, Spello. It was populated by the Umbrian people and became a Roman colony in the 1st century B.C. Yes, I am getting all my info from Wikipedia because I can't remember anything.

You can see Spello on top of the hills as you're approaching it, and it is surrounded by an ancient wall. The thing that struck me the most about this place is how densely built it is. The streets are barely wide enough to accomodate a Fiat or Smartcar and when you hear an approaching car, you have to back up against the stone walls of a building or duck into the nearest alleyway to avoid getting hit. And everything is built on a hill. Walking the streets and pathways feels like you're navigating a labyrinth and there are so many twists and turns that you can only see a few yards in front of you at a time. It seriously felt like something out of a movie, I couldn't believe it existed in real life. 

Yes, cars fly up and down roads like this. 

The residents put out lots of potted plants everywhere and the whole place feels like a garden.

Olive Tree

The view of Umbria

Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

Wood carving on the doors of the church

Interior of the church

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