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A Photo Tour of Spello in Umbria, Italy

By - September 20, 2013 (Updated: June 6, 2018)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Exploring Umbria.
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Spello, Umbria, Italy

One of the many perfect views in Spello, Italy

Like most things in my crazy expat life, it all began with an email.

Hello! I am an American who recently moved to Umbria with my husband, 3 children, and 2 cats. We are surprising my eldest son with a trip to Brussels for his birthday, and in researching the city, your blog came up several times (it helps that I’m looking for cheese! but even without, it kept popping up).”

Thus began my email friendship with Michelle. We bonded over expat life, our passion for travel, and the love of good cheese.

You may remember a while back, Michelle even wrote a guest post for us and, over the months, I followed her family’s adventure on her wonderful blog. I regretted the fact we were travelling when Michelle and her family visited Brussels so we never had the opportunity to meet in person.

Michelle urged us to come and visit them in Spello, but we could never quite find a time that made sense.

When we returned home from our Asian Adventure, an email was waiting for me. It ended with, “Before you respond, let me just remind you… an aperol spritz overlooking the most beautiful verdant and tranquil valley, walks among olive trees, gelato, lamb scottadito, cured meats, and quite a bit of fabulous wine…. Thoughts?”

After our incredible but hectic travels in Asia, it seemed like the perfect way to unwind. So exactly a month after returning from Hong Kong, we were winging our way to Perugia Airport.

As you probably know, we love road-trips, so a rental car to explore Umbria was a must. We took a short drive from Perugia, through some of the most picturesque countryside we’ve seen, past the UNESCO listed holy city of Assisi, to the picturesque hilltop town of Spello.

We met Michelle at the little parking lot, just outside the town centre. It was like meeting an old friend. She had secured a wonderful apartment in Spello for us, for a steal. In fact, we thought they had mixed up our reservation, as we had a whole house to ourselves. The view from our roof-terrace was incredible.

Who can argue with this rooftop terrace view of Umbria?

Who can argue with this rooftop terrace view of Umbria?

We spent five deliciously tranquil days exploring Spello, eating fabulous food, taking day-trips around Umbria and into Tuscany, eating fabulous food, sampling the region’s wines, getting to know Michelle and her gorgeous family, and eating fabulous food. Oh, did we mention the food?

Lunch in Spello

This was just a little lunch Michelle threw together for us… You know, this is how we roll in Spello.

I’ll have a few more posts on some of the specific places we visited, but for now, I’ll let the photos do the work for me.

Welcome to Spello in Umbria, Italy

Welcome to Spello in Umbria, Italy

Ciao! Our morning greeter kitten...

Ciao! Our morning greeter kitten…

Friendly Kitties

You know I’m going to like any town with Friendly Kitties

Details of Spello

Our morning wander through the streets of Spello

Details of Spello

A few details of Spello

I wanted to drive away in this adorable car

I wanted to drive away in this adorable car

Andrew had another mode of transportation in mind

Andrew had another mode of transportation in mind

The absolutely perfect Vino Sofia Wine bar

The absolutely perfect Vino Sofia Wine bar

We took a day-trip to Assisi

We took a day-trip to Assisi

We had a snack it picturesque Montefalco

We had a snack in picturesque Montefalco

And lunch in Bevagna

And lunch in Bevagna

Although it was hard to choose, our favourite meal was at La Cantina in Spello

Although it was hard to choose, our favourite meal was at La Cantina in Spello

Spello, Umbria, Italy

Ciao Spello! We hope to return again soon!

A huge thanks to Michelle and the whole Damiani clan, for sharing this beautiful corner of the world with us and making us feel so welcome. We can’t wait to cross paths again on your next adventures!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson
Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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