Set amongst picturesque mountains and surrounded by some of Umbria’s most stunning scenery, the ancient Roman town of Spello is a place where you come to visit, leave and then long to return to.
And so it was that we arrived in Rome after a perfect flight, ready to connect with the fast train to Roma Termini, the main railway station, then onwards to Spello. Unfortunately the luggage for our entire flight went missing and it was an hour and a half later before we finally had our cases. By the time we tumbled onto the final train, night had fallen so we arrived in darkness, hungry and tired. Next morning, refreshed and bright-eyed, we were delighted to see the views from our terrace.
The bells of the ancient church of Santa Maria Maggiore welcomed the day and we strolled around the streets, reacquainting ourselves with old familiar places and familiar faces.
And yet there is always something new to see, like this pair of angels on the wall of a house. Were they always there?
Even though summer is over, bright flowers can still be seen, their colours contrasting starkly with the mellow Spello stone….
An unexpected development was the long-promised work to improve the streets. This sunlit church watched over diverted traffic….
It is a huge project but progress is good and the end result will surely be worth the disruption. Here and there we had to squeeze past large trenches cut into the ancient foundations….
Familiar places, familiar faces, blue skies and Italian food; it’s good to be back in Magic Spello.
“Is that actually you or am I dreaming again?” Phil Klay