The crisp cool mountain air filled my lungs as we began to embark on this once in a lifetime journey and experience. The reddish brown tile roofs on the beige stucco buildings seem to reflect the soft glow of the downtown plaza. The huge clock tower there appeared to look over the place with its structure peering down at me. In June of 2010, it was remarkable weather. The change in landscape there completely took my breath away. The midwest countryside couldn’t begin to compare to the lovely tuscan panorama that abided there in Spoleto, Italy. Being an artist I tried to survey every single detail of my surroundings, striving to capture each article I’d see. Even the greatest artist couldn’t fully captivate the beauty of this country.
As we drove through the winding alleyways upward toward the hotel our taxi driver recommended, I could catch glimpses of the Italian houses we were passing. Even at night, I had seemed to already be falling in love with Spoleto. Palazzo Leti has to be the most glorious hotel I have ever lodged in. Each room has it’s own magnificent features. Take for instance a wonderful view overlooking the Italian countryside. Even the complimentary breakfast meals are phenomenally delicious. The price of each room depends on how long the person is planning on staying but for the most part the 12 rooms range from 140 to 250 euros a night. For more information the website is www.palazzoleti.com. Nevertheless, the enchantment of Spoleto led me out and away from the hotel thirsting for exploration and new destinations. The second day my grandmother and I, along with a friend, headed towards the downtown area I talked about previously. There was a numerous amount of little shops tucked in the narrow roads. The cobblestone streets added to the storybook feel of this city.
The coming day we visited the Cathedral of Spoleto, (Duomo di Spoleto). This 1821 ancient church has an interesting Roman structure that can catch the eye, yet it seemed to be tucked away in the city. It had beautiful murals that surrounded the high ceilings inside. My friend said to cover my shoulders and knees before entering the church, in regards to religious respect. After stopping at the Cathedral we traveled around and followed our friend to an aqueduct (Ponte delle Torri). It was a magnificent sight. The ancient aqueduct supplied water to the city during the 13th century. After seeing the aqueduct, we wandered around the city and ate at a nearby cafe. Feeling satisfied from our meal, we arrived back at our hotel ready to rest. The next morning we ate breakfast, and headed out on a train for Florence. Remembering the trip, I wish we would have resided there, in Spoleto longer than three days; it felt like the days flew past us.
Spoleto, Italy is an enchanting and wonderful area to visit. The landscape with its bustling streets and inviting shops can attract the gloomiest person. I found an internal peace there. I felt like I had landed on a piece of heaven that had fallen onto the earth. My heart struggled to come back to the states. I cherished every minute I spent in Italy, but the highlight of my 10 day trip was Spoleto. That city will forever be branded in my subconscious. I would treasure the opportunity to return to Spoleto.
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