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Published: November 5th 2010
Days 10 and 11 Hill Towns: Spello, Trevi, and Montefalco
We took the morning train to Spello on Thursday, which is about 15 minutes south of
Assisi, planning to spend the morning in Spello and the afternoon in Trevi, Trevi was only mentioned briefly in one guide book, but looked interesting from the train the day before.
Spello is the only hill town easily accessible from the train. It was very pretty, with the usual churches, Roman works imbedded in new buildings, and views across the valley. As we looked down a side street, we saw two nuns carrying a suitcase between them, and Bill said to quickly get a photo. His request was echoed by a man who stopped behind us….Don and his wife Linda were the only Americans we’d seen all morning…a couple from Philly. Linda had just retired from teaching and they were on their last week of touring around Umbria. They were full of great information, and we talked at length there on the narrow street.
We finally continued our walking tour of Spello, and headed back down to the train station to travel back towards Spoleto, getting off at Trevi. There was no
one at the train station and the automatic ticket machine wouldn’t issue tickets for Trevi…so we bought two tickets each for a closer town and Bill practiced his speech for the conductor. Bill was disappointed when our tickets were never checked, and we arrived in the silent, deserted Trevi station, hoping to take bus (or even a taxi) up to the town…way, way, up to the town.
Well, we saw no bus, no taxi, few humans…it was siesta time. So, we walked, and walked, and walked. Once in the old town, we saw one person and a few cats. After finally reaching the top, a Japanese tourist appeared for a moment and was never seen again. We were getting hungry, and we not seen any commercial buildings all afternoon. We came across our second human of the day, thankfully, and he directed us to the piazza. We walked out into a modern plaza, with coffee shops, restaurants, and busses.
After a sandwich and beer, we went to buy bus tickets and found out the next bus wasn’t for two hours….so we began walking back down….got the train and went home and rested for the duration of the evening…
On Friday, we took a bus to Montefalco. The bus ride took us through beautiful farms and villages, and Montefalco itself is stunning. Thanks to Don and Linda’s suggestion, we had a delicious lunch there, walked around and took the bus back at dusk. Unfortunately, the bus had a 30 minute layover in the unattractive town square of Bastardo, which I hope means something else in Italian.
Back home now…tomorrow will be our last full day here…we’ll move on to Perugia on Sunday.
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