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Today, a few friends and I braved the gray clouds and threat of rain and took a trip out of the city to breathe some fresh air. We headed to Umbria, specifically the town of Spoleto, of which we knew little about.

It turned out to be a lovely little place, with a beautiful piazza in the center, stunning views of the countryside, and, as usual in Umbria, some incredible food and wine. (Pappardelle con ragu’ di cinghiale, anyone?)

Being only an hour and a half away by train, Spoleto makes an easy day trip from Rome and a really worthwhile experience. I was completely charmed by this town and can’t wait to return.

I took a ton of photos, so have decided to break this post into two. I’ll post some photos of the surrounding countryside within the week, but, in the meantime, here are some snapshots of Spoleto’s center.

1. Doorway, hidden in a back street. | 2. Piazza del Duomo. | 3. Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. | 4. Doorway along the piazza. | 5. Detail of wall in the piazza. | 6. Hiding lizard.