Spello. A town of winding stone steps, graceful arches and flowers and more flowers!
From a distance Spello looks resembles a volcano with gem encrusted larva pouring down the sides of the hillside. The gems being the blend of vivid flowers, velvet green trees and tiny stone houses, their windows sparkling in the sunlight.
It is a quiet place , especially between 1pm and 3pm when the 6,000 inhabitants disappear to enjoy
Be prepared to walk and enjoy the meandering cobbled streets which lead you up and through a multitude of beautiful archways to the Cappucini gate and magnificent views.
For art lovers there are the magnificent frescoes by Pinturicchio in the 12th century church of S. Maria Maggiore.
I think Spring is the best time to visit. The heat of Summer can spoil the joys of exploring.
Spring is also the time when the thousands of blood red geraniums contrast beautifully with the green of the surrounding hillsides. It is also the time of Corpus Christi in June when the streets are carpeted with amazing pictures made from flower petals.
Many towns celebrate in the same way but Spello certainly out shines any other I have seen and this is the only time when tourists, mostly Italians, descend upon Spello. Definitely a ‘must see’.
Below is a link to a slideshow I made a few years ago. Pliease ignore the website address that appears towards the end. It is not in existence anymore!