Some of our closest friends, who continue to encourage us and teach us so much about Italian life and culture, asked us to take a gita to the quaint little village of Spoleto in Umbria. It was a holiday that day here in Rome so it was the perfect opportunity for us to take a day trip there.
Spoleto is extremely charming with beautiful views of the countryside. It also has an amazing fortress, Rocca Albornoziana, built in 1359–1370. The courtyard that includes a well is surrounded by a two-floor porch. Many of the rooms contain noteworthy 15th‑century frescoes. The Rocca was turned into a jail in 1800 and used as such until the late 20th century. After being renovated it was reopened as a museum in 2007. The museum was really interesting. It contains all kinds of artwork from antiquity. We also walked across Ponte delle Torri, an impressive 13th-century aqueduct. It was a bit scary with the kids because it is so high above the valley, but with a tightly held hand they loved walking across.
Of course we stopped for a couple of hours keeping with classic Italian style to have a seriously delicious lunch at a restaurant our friends recommended, Apollinare. The fresh, handmade pasta was sooo good! Spoleto is super charming and has little vehicle traffic which makes it great for wandering along the winding streets. Plus, there is beautiful architecture, art, and design at nearly every turn. After a full day of exploring the city, we cooled off with a delicious popsicle snack to end the fun day.