I have a passion for things Roman. In part it derives from my passion for the ancient Greek cultures that the Romans used as their foundations. And in part, the stories that you hear about Rome and its history are mind boggling.
So I have a fascination for how Romans liked to live. What they thought was beautiful. And one of those things that they thought was beautiful was the craft of mosaic tiling. They invested hugely in creating amazing mosaics.
Here is the promo
Spello, one of Umbria’s prettiest medieval walled towns, famous for its narrow streets, marble buildings, the Infiorata (flower carpets on the Corpus Domini feats), and the Baglioni chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio, unveiled last month a breathtaking ‘old-new’ building, the Villa of Mosaics, an exceptional archeological discovery now turned into a museum complex and an architectural jewel.
This picture makes Spello look very special
This is pretty nice as well
You might stay at the Hoel Palazzo Bocci
And how will you get on? This writer thinks you will be just fine
You need long days to savor the gifts Spello offers. So first things first, find accommodations in Spello and plan on spending a week, more if you can. You want to have time to decide if you prefer your afternoon Spritz in Bar Bonci’s garden overlooking the countryside or Bar Tullia’s patio where you can watch old ladies fawn over babies bundled in their strollers. You’ll want to pop into the bakery a few times—the choices vary daily but everything is always wonderful. You’ll want to watch the town wake up. You’ll want to watch the sun set over the distant hills. You’ll want to enjoy Umbrian cuisine, and most restaurants aren’t open for lunch. You’ll want to lean out of your window and do nothing but watch the swallows dance.
And, of course the Villa dei Mosaici di Spello
With nearly 500 square metres recovered, Spello’s Villa of Mosaics is one of the most extraordinary archaeological discoveries in Umbria. Dozens of rooms with stunning mosaic floors: geometric decorations, wild animals and mythical creatures, human figures and scenes of everyday life. Stone tile flooring of rare beauty.
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