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06038 Spello PG, Italy
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A Warm, Umbrian Hilltown Spello  Italy

A Warm, Umbrian Hilltown

Spello dates back to ancient Roman times, when it was called "Hispellum" and was a favorite retirement village for wealthy Romans. There are pieces of that history apparent now, from arches to foundations to plaques. Walk slowly through the streets and you can see pieces of medieval history as well—the chains that divided the town in three sections, each closed to the other at night, doorways that have moved over time, churches with artwork by Pinturicchio. Spello is now famous for its flowers, and residents take pride it the annual Infiorata (when the streets are "painted" with images created entirely of flowers) and in their adornment of the pink walls with glorious flower boxes. Go off the tourist roads and duck into alleys. You'll find old ladies sitting on plastic chairs laughing and talking, cats sunning themselves, and constant evidence of the longevitiy of this storied little town.