If you’ve already explored Orvieto, Spoleto is a quieter town, a bit farther off tourist maps. For 8 euro, you can catch a train from Termini and be in this small town in Perugia in just a little over an hour.
First things first: eat.
We ducked into Osteria dell’Enoteca and ordered the house bruschetta (yum) and strangozzi alla spoletina. This Spoleto-specialty is made with a delicious garlic tomato sauce. After the first bite, I refused to share any more. I needed to have it all to myself.
The chef’s wife and son were also dining in the restaurant, so we had the chance to thank him in person. You can try it out yourself at via Aurelio Saffi, 7. Be prepared to take your time and linger over some house wine from Sardegna.
The town is quite small and a quick stroll will bring you to Santa Maria dell’Assunto. Which was refreshingly spartan compared to some of the churches we seen in Rome.
The rest of the town picture-perfect.
A easy hike will wind through the hills, offer glimpses of the village and bring you to the Albornozian Castle.
With a few poppies along the way.
From the castle you can also see the ponte delle torre, a HUGE aqueduct. There’s a way to walk across it, but we had a late start the day we went and couldn’t explore further.
On your way back to the train station (which is a bit of walk), stop by the amphitheater that was built in the 2nd century AD.
Over all, a town with a lovely mix of old and new. Heavy on the old side. Lots of families, few tourists, and well worth the trip.