Yesterday I gave you a preview of the loveliness of Spoleto, but now I’ll actually enumerate all of its charms in writing. In all of my previous visits to Italy Spoleto was not on my radar. But in May, while I was in the US, my dear companion was in Rome for a few weeks and he wanted to go on a day-trip. His initial plan of going far south had to be scuttled and so I hunted around and around for an ideal destination and came up with Spoleto. Not too far from Rome, there seemed to be nice sights, and inexpensive to boot. My dear companion was enchanted, and I’ve been dreaming of Spoleto ever since.
And when I finally made it to Spoleto the other day, it was even better than I thought it was going to be. Only about an hour and a half away on the train, the city is up on a high, high hill in the wild Umbrian countryside, which is like Tuscany, but better. There are bits of Roman ruins, medieval churches, Renaissance paintings, Baroque re-dos and modern conveniences like a huge outdoor escalator for people to reach the top of the hill with ease. The sight Spoleto is probably best known for is this giant bridge:
Which is actually high enough to be scary to walk across, but also unlike any other structure I’ve seen in Italy. Everything about Spoleto was dramatic and awesome. You would turn a little corner and be confronted with the remains of a Roman arch:
Or a castle up on the hill:
Or, have Filippo Lippi’s AWESOMELY AWESOME, unsung, unfamous, but ASTONISHINGLY BEAUTIFUL cathedral choir frescoes all to yourself:
Also, like in most smaller, lesser visited towns, lunch was delicious and cheap. So, basically, Spoleto is perfect. From what I understand, Spoleto isn’t considered to be much of a destination, aside from its annual Due Mondi arts festival. I suppose it’s just the vagaries of travel trends, but Spoleto’s awesomeness cannot be denied. It might be my new favorite day-trip from Rome! Sorry Orvieto, you’ve been de-throned!