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Wednesday July 30, 2014 
BETTONA AND SPELLO
From Torgiano, a country road leads through the eponymous DOC vineyards to Bettona, only 6 kms away, but already in a different denomination zone, DOC Colli Martani. The village itself is a tiny mediaeval gem surrounded by vineyards planted to Grechetto, Trebbiano, Malvasia, Sangiovese, Merlot and Montepulciano.
Drive on then towards Monte Subasio, with the bell towers of Assisi outlined on its flank, and take the dual carriageway for another 9 kms to the right as far as Spello. This is one of Umbria's prettiest towns; a couple of parallel streets lead up a long hill in a line with orchards and terraces on their flanks melting into the countryside. Note the Roman consular gate (1st century BC), now built into the mediaeval walls, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with frescoes by Pinturicchio and Perugino, and the central piazza with its 13th-century town hall. Spello is famous for the flower-petal decorations that pave its streets on the feast of Corpus Domini.


 
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