I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

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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.

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Spello: Villa Fidelia

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.

Spello: Villa Fidelia, The fountain of Diana

Spello: Villa Fidelia, The fountain of Diana

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.

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Even the scarecrow had a touch of Italian elegance.

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

All set for a garden party?

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Delicate vases of finest glass….

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Time for a ride?

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Along neat paths, passing huge statues….

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Looking at the magnificent view through the top of the clock tower….

Spello: Villa Fidelia seen through the clock tower

Spello: Villa Fidelia seen through the clock tower

Fresh strawberries, mmm..how lovely!

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Who would have thought of planting cacti in tins? How effective.

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Stars of the show: scented, colourful, timeless….

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Time for a break?

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

Time-worn statue…

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Spello: Villa Fidelia

Concert time! Classical music, piano and violin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The sun cooled, time passed. Time to go home.

Spello, Villa Fidelia, Rose Weekend

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4 thoughts on “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      You can see why we will find it difficult to leave! Luckily we have a lovely home and beautiful friends like you to come home to! X

      Sent from my iPad

      Reply

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