Memories are Made of This

Leaving Spello after 3 months was not easy. We had tried our best to live the Italian life, integrate into the local community and taste the pleasures of the land and the grape. Saying goodbye to our new friends was the hardest thing; so many people asked us to come back, and I am certain we will do so.

Orvieto: bell tower

Orvieto: bell tower

As we crossed Umbria’s border for the first time in 3 months, we reflected on the things that we will remember about our experience. The smell of woodsmoke in the air; the sight of the smoke from the fires of trimmed olive branches curling upwards; the sound of the bells chiming harmoniously and the earthy taste of truffles.

The art: from the frescoes…

Spello: Chapel of St Anna, fresco detail

Spello: Chapel of St Anna, fresco detail

….to the simple chapels….

Spello: chapel

Spello: chapel, detail

….to the grandest cathedrals.

Spoleto: Duomo, marble angel

Spoleto: Duomo, marble angel

The architecture: from ancient monuments, built to glorify God….

Assisi: Basilica of St Francis

Assisi: Basilica of St Francis

Orvieto: Cathedral facade detail

Orvieto: Cathedral facade detail

….to the wonderful hill towns in stone and brick….

Spello walls: the lookout

Spello walls: the lookout

Spello: street view

Spello: street view

The stunning Umbrian mountains and countryside: the “green heart of Italy.”

Monte Subasio: view

Monte Subasio: view

The weather: every day was different. We had torrential rain, hailstones the size of acorns, storms and sun, sun, sun. The sky was a constant, moving picture….

Spello: Sky from apartment

Spello: Sky from apartment

Spello: Sky from apartment

Spello: Sky from apartment

The food: local, seasonal, delicious….

Ravioli with tomatoes and olives.

Ravioli with tomatoes and olives.

Potato rosti with brie, walnuts and leaves.

Potato rosti with brie, walnuts and radicchio.

The artisan food shops such as the local bakery. The window display changed regularly….

Spello: Bakery

Spello: Bakery

The wine: new varieties of grapes to try….

Montefalco winery: wine jug

Montefalco winery: wine jug

….and the remnants of a good night out….

Spello: sad, empty bottles

Spello: sad, empty bottles

Nature: the flowers, wild and cultivated.

Spello: Spring flowers

Spello: Spring flowers

Spello: wild flower

Spello: flower

And who could forget the Infiorata? Carpets of flowers in every street and square in Spello’s old town.

Spello: Infiorata, flower carpet

Spello: Infiorata, flower carpet

The beauty of the trees, bursting into life….

Spello: Spring buds

Spello: Spring buds

….and promising edibles to come….

Spello: Olive Tree

Spello: Olive Tree

Fonti del Clitunno: Water weeds in the lake

Fonti del Clitunno: Water weeds beneath the surface of the lake

Most of all it was the people of Spello that we will remember. Their generosity, their warmth, their patience with our piecemeal Italian, their sharing and their humour will not be easily forgotten.

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Spello, Magic Spello, we have left a little piece of our hearts with you, until we return.

Spello: town gate

Spello: one of the town gates

16 thoughts on “Memories are Made of This

  1. Kristine

    Buon viaggio!
    Thank you so much for all your interesting posts, Mary. Richard and I have enjoyed them very much and will miss them.

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  2. Kay

    Mary, I know how desperately you wanted to get to Spello – after a false start you finally made it, but now I can’t believe it’s over so soon! I’m sure you felt so sad leaving all your new friends and the sights and sounds of Spello which must have become so familiar, but we are waiting to welcome you home and can’t wait to see you (even with the haircut!!) and hear more tales of your wonderful adventures. Lots of love and safe travels home xxx

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Thanks Helen. We are not finished yet, so do carry on reading the posts – more adventures to come, pending a decent wifi signal! Not so sure if I can support an agent – I am sure people will have had quite enough of my ramblings! Xx

      Sent from my iPad

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  3. Kirstin

    Thank you both for sharing your adventure, I hope you have a wonderful and hassle free journey home finding more wonders on the way.

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      It has been such a pleasure – I am going to have to find something else to blog about when we get back! Journey so far has been good – will update you soon!

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