At this time of year in Spello, all the residents are competing for the best looking floral area. Flowers abound in all places - as some of the photos will show - and on 5 and 6 June, there will be a contest on floral designs on the streets around the central area.
As we walked through the narrow streets, there were boxes - like grape boxes - at various locations, where people would put flower petals that will eventually be used in the floral displays.
The most important documented history of Spello begins with its foundation by the Romans. Although history isn't always clear, but this may have taken place after the Perugian war in 41 B.C. Octavian (Caesar Augustas) seized the town, whose loyalty was to Anthony, and totally destroyed it. There was some rebuilding in the 4th century A.C, but then there were invasions by Attila in 450, by Totila in 546 and the destruction of the Longobards in 571. The Longobards conquered the town and became part of the Duchy of Spoleto (a nearby city). There were a series of ownerships after the Longobards, but you can find this on Google; the last fate that struck Spello was an earthquake in 1832, which had a serious affect on the town and economy.
There are about 8,000 people living in Spello, a town with many beautiful houses and narrow streets and alleys all of which have this wonderful motif of flower boxes and beds. See photos
We lunched at the Cacciatore (Hunter) restaurant on a balcony overlooking a beautiful valley.
The photos will attest to the beauty of this city. There were very few tourists; we had the city to ourselves.