Walking to my Lesson with Angelo

This post is not a story in words, but one in pictures of Spello. Most mornings at 9 a.m. I have a lesson in Italian language, culture, customs, history and Spellano dialect with Angelo Mazzoli, and I leave my house a few minutes early to make the walk to his house.

I was struck one day with the beauty and the history that I see along the way, and decided to photograph my way from my house to his, and back down to the main road, Via Giulia.

So here, in photos, is my daily trip—and I absolutely realize that I am so lucky to be here.

From my door, a right turn up the hill on Via Cappuccini

From my door, I make a right turn up the hill on Via Cappuccini. Behind and under the building on the right, my house was once their stable.

Nearing the top of the hill, the Arco Romano comes into view

Nearing the top of the hill, the road curves and the Arco Romano comes into view.

The Arco Romano, one of the original Roman entries to Hispellum (Spello)

The Arco Romano, a double limestone arch that was once one of the original Roman entries to Hispellum (Spello), is now one of the principal destinations for visiting tourists.

The Cappuccini monastery and San Severino church

On the left side of the roadway beyond the Roman arch, the old Cappuccini monastery grounds and San Severino church take up a large area on the highest hill in Spello.

The Cappucinni monastery church, San Severino, dating from the 12th century

The Cappuccini church, San Severino, dating from the 12th century

View from Piazza Belvedere down to the valley to the west

To the right, the view from Piazza Belvedere is a panorama from Perugia to Foligno, facing toward the west across the Val d’Umbra Nord. Here many people find a seat to watch the sun set behind the mountains across the valley.

View north toward Assisi, on the opposite end of Mount Subasio

View north toward Assisi, visible high up the hillside on the opposite end of Mount Subasio

View southwest toward Montefalco, across the valley, and home of the sagrantino wines

View southwest across the valley toward Montefalco. recognized by the water tower on the hilltop, and home of the famous sagrantino wines

Ruins of the Roman amphitheater of Hispellum (Spello) below the village

Ruins of the Roman amphitheater of Hispellum (Spello), visible below the village and fenced off to prevent trespassing

Uphill again toward Angelo's home, between medieval stone walls on a stone street

Uphill again from the Piazza Belvedere toward Angelo’s home, between medieval stone walls on a stone street

The largest villa in Spello at the top of hill, always vacant, and revealing its Roman stone foundation

The largest villa in Spello is at the top of hill, is almost always vacant, and reveals its Roman stone foundation

Stairway leading to the gardens of the large villa atop the hill

Stairway leading to the gardens of the large villa atop the hill

Downhill toward Angelo's, with the brick non-skid pedestrian walkways installed when Robespier was mayor of Spello

Downhill toward Angelo’s, with the brick non-skid pedestrian walkways installed in the center of the streets when Robespier was mayor of Spello

The last bit of walk toward the San Martino church, near Angelo's house

The last bit of walk downhill toward the San Martino church, near Angelo’s house

Tiny elderly lady waiting  in front of the San Martino church with her umbrella

Tiny elderly lady waiting in front of the San Martino church with her umbrella

San Martino, a church dating from the 13th century, on the corner near Angelo's

San Martino, a church dating from the 13th century, on the corner near Angelo’s

San Martino

San Martino

The tiny lady stands to meet her son, coming to escort her home

The tiny lady stands to meet her son, coming to escort her home

With her son at her side, safe footing home across the slick stones

With her son at her side, safe footing home across the slick stones

The steep descent toward the central piazza, after my lesson is finished with Angelo

The steep descent toward the central piazza, after my lesson is finished with Angelo

Alley to the left, lined with aspedistra plants, and often hosting a group of older ladies in green plastic chairs, talking

Alley to the left, lined with aspedistra plants, and often hosting a group of elderly ladies sitting in green plastic chairs, and talking

Alley to the right, with pots always filled with flowers in bloom

Alley to the right, with pots always filled with flowers in bloom

Last descent to town, through an archway--and yes, cars do pass through here often

Last descent to the main street through an archway–and yes, cars do pass through here often

 

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