Umbria hilltown guided tours / Spello




Spello – Che Bello! (half day)

Spello

Spello splendor (photo by Paulette Pidcock)

You won’t believe the wonders you’ll see with me in just a half/day tour of Spello! We’ll trace the Roman roots of Spello, take in medieval wonders (including a cloister not open to the public), see a couple Renaissance treasures, learn how the Baroque wins out in a couple churches AND meet an extraordinary Franciscan contemplative – who has lived on his own for over thirty years.

Wait until you hear his stories and view his artistic masterpieces. Noted for maiolica artisans, contemporary artisans, weavers, primitive painters and a world-class wine cellar, Spello captivates any visitor.

Spello: to be savored, figuratively – and literally!

Anything missing?   Please just ask.   My aim in any medieval hill town guided visit:   to enrich your Italy stay with countless treasured memories and insights.   A promise.

Not to miss in Spello: Fra’ Paolo
Eager to see more?   How about a visit to charming Bevagna, before or after your half/day Spello tour?
Click here to read about – and see! – the wondrous floral petal festival of Spello
Read about – and see! – Spello’s floral passione, all year
Click here to read about Spello’s celebration of olive oil
Read about eating flowers in Spello!
A tiny hilltown gemnear Spello enchants

Assisi/Spello: a Duo of Medieval Splendor (full-day)

Assisi Basilica di San Francesco

Assisi, Basilica di San Francesco

After a full morning discovering the wonders of Assisi, “crown jewel of the medieval hill towns”, head to nearby Spello for an afternoon of uncovering the wonders.

Spello, che bello! Like Assisi, Spello is constructed in the local pink limestone quarried on Mt. Subasio, lending it a unique rosy hue, particularly at sunset.

Discover the vestiges of Spello’s Roman origins, one of the most splendid Renaissance fresco cycles in Umbria, and in a nearby church, you’ll want to meet an inspiring local friar/craftsman. Medieval splendors – the great ones, the lesser-known ones – highlight this day. Encounters with unforgettable local people make it a day to remember.

And the Gothic vault of the Basilica is structured like this…

“And the Gothic vault of the Basilica is structured like this…”

Click here to read about – and see! – the wondrous floral petal festival of Spello
Read about – and see! - Spello’s floral passione, all year
Click here to read about Spello’s celebration of olive oil
Read about eating flowers in Spello!
A tiny hilltown gem near Spello enchants

Bevagna and Spello: Two Umbrian Medieval Highlights (full-day)

At the Gaite in costume with an Indiana family

At the Bevagna Gaite festival in costume with an Indiana family

Join me in Bevagna as we uncover stunning Roman mosaics, remnants of Roman temples, Roman theater remains, and 11th-century unrestored Romanesque church wonders.

With me in Bevagna, you’ll enter into medieval history in countless ways. Local citizens have re-created a medieval merchant’s home of the 13th century in minute detail – con passione. Other “locals” often enact medieval artisan works for visitors: silk-weaving, the minting of coins, paper-making. Con passione!

Hungry for a snack? A local butcher might offer us tastes of prized prosciutto, capolcollo, salami, sheep’s milk cheeses – con passione. The town baker turns out sweets of medieval origin, too – con passione.

If he’s home, we’ll visit a renowned local artist in his frescoed 17th- c palazzo to see his stunning artworks.

Bevagna – from butcher to baker to medieval crafts to her monuments – offers “full immersion” into medieval history. Why not share in la passione? …and then on to Spello!

A visitor tries out Signor Trabalza's heavy scissors

A visitor tries out Signor Trabalza’s heavy scissors

Join me in Lunchtime? If you enjoy top wines, truffles, the best in olive oils, legumes and more, Spello will not disappoint. Afterwards, we’ll trace the Roman roots of Spello, take in medieval wonders (including a cloister not open to the public), see a couple Renaissance treasures – and (if he’s in) – meet an extraordinary Franciscan contemplative – who has lived on his own for over thirty years.

Anything missing?   Please just ask.   I have just a single objective: to enrich your Italy stay with countless treasured memories and insights.   A promise.

Not to miss in Bevagna: Signor Trabalza
See – and feel! - la passione in Bevagna for the town’s June medieval festival
Click here to read more about Bevagna’s stunning medieval festival

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)