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Spoleto: Trekking In and Out of Town

Marjorie Eisenach shares her experiences with all things Italian during her international travels.

Spoleto1We chose to stay in Spoleto for six days because of its location in southern Umbria. We were not disappointed.

The town offered beautiful walks, an eight-tier escalator in case you are tired after a day of descending and ascending, an incredibly beautiful 13th century bridge, a fortress, a first-rate duomo with an exterior mosaic, which is chocked-full on the inside with frescoes and paintings by Filippo Lippi and Pinturicchio, and fronted by a lovely stone piazza. In addition, there are great shops and restaurants, a Roman amphitheater as well as Roman stone arches scattered throughout the town.

Spoleto2One of our favorite walks started on the Ponte delle Torri. The bridge may have been built on the remains of a Roman aqueduct. If you take the northern path, you are rewarded with amazing views of a forested gorge. There are arboreal walks that lead to sites previously frequented by monks. You stroll in the shade of centuries-old holm oaks and retrace the steps of Syrian, Benedictine, and Franciscan monks. I like to think that San Francesco himself was here. I bet he was. Another option is the Giro dei Condotti which offers a charming tree-lined promenade that starts at the base of the Rocca Albornoziano, and reveals a beautiful panorama of Spoleto.

We ate several times in wonderful restaurants, Al Bacco Felice, la Torretta, and La Locanda della Signoria. Our hotel concierge was right, there are many good restaurants here and the town is easy to navigate. As it is only an hour and a half train ride from Rome, it is a good way to leave the cares, traffic, and smog of a busy city behind and find delightful urban and arboreal trekking.

Marjorie helps American and British travelers build their Italian language skills and learn about Italian culture, sites and events so they can get the most out of their time spent in the country. Visit www.italyanditalian.com to get in touch with her!

About Marjorie Eisenach

Marjorie Eisenach brings a unique perspective to the Italian travel experience, drawing from her years spent residing, working and traveling in Italy. She helps American and British travelers build their Italian language skills and learn about Italian culture, sites and events so they can get the most out of their time spent in the country. She currently lives in Minneapolis where she teaches Italian language courses and helps travelers prepare for visiting Italy. Marjorie earned her M.A. in Italian and her B.A. in Italian and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Additionally, she studied at the University of Bologna, focusing on Italian literature and political science. For more information, visit www.ItalyandItalian.com.