Just outside the walls of Spello, in the heart of what was the Roman city of Hispellum, lies Villa Fidelia. The current house dates from the early 19th century. Its baroque gardens and lovely parkland make this an exceptional setting for concerts and other events.
The Villa derived its name from the tiny, ancient church of San Fedele in its grounds. Little remains of the Roman period, but the statue of Diana, the Huntress, gracing the elegant fountain is said to be of Roman origin.
Last weekend, Villa Fidelia hosted the “Days of the Roses” festival. There were lectures, market stalls, garden furniture – old and new – and exhibitions, all dedicated to the rose. Take a wander around the gardens with me and see what was on display.
Even the scarecrow had a touch of Italian elegance.
All set for a garden party?
Delicate vases of finest glass….
Time for a ride?
Along neat paths, passing huge statues….
Looking at the magnificent view through the top of the clock tower….
Fresh strawberries, mmm..how lovely!
Who would have thought of planting cacti in tins? How effective.
Stars of the show: scented, colourful, timeless….
Time for a break?
Concert time! Classical music, piano and violin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The sun cooled, time passed. Time to go home.