Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

The glorious hills of Umbria are slowly but surely changing to their green colour, the mimosa is blooming everywhere, Spring is in the air! March is still a period of very unstable weather, but the temperatures are pleasant and the days begin to get longer.

Many of you already know that we rent out villas in Umbria through our website and we always look for new holiday rentals. Last week we were invited by Massimo and Roberta for a visit to their cosy and modern villa in Spello. Massimo comes originally from Rome and Roberta is born in Foligno. They live on the property in their own separate house, and re-styled the villa they used to live in. We really loved the house! Also the swimming pool is particular with its black colour. From the garden and the upstairs windows you have a beautiful view towards Assisi and Spello. The house is set in the valley below Spello. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the villa. The house sleeps 6+1 people. There’s a car park and flat garden with barbecue.

This villa has in ideal position to explore Umbria. Visiting places like Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, Bevagna and Spoleto is easy to do. There also is a cycle path nearby connecting Spoleto and Assisi.

We will soon add this villa to our website, this is just a preview. You’ll like it.

Roberta and Massimo are very kind and they hope to welcome you in Umbria. Already interested? Ask us!

International Women’s Day

International women’s day is celebrated world wide on the 8th of March. In Italy women will be offered mimosa flowers. This tree is a symbol for Women’s day, it is in full bloom around the beginning of March and has an overwhelming profume.


International Women’s day stands for women’s rights, solidarity and equality. On March the 8th feminist movements ask for economical independence and equality between men and women. Conferences and meetings will be held to discuss the general problems of women.

Women’s day is also criticized for being too commercial, like Valentine’s day. On every corner of the street in Italy you can buy mimosa. That evening many women go out for dinner with their girlfriends. On that day maybe it is better for men not to go out. 🙂

Many people do not know anymore the real reason behind international women’s day. It had its origin in New York in 1909. The first strikes were held by women because of bad work circumstances. It was the first movement of women emancipation and the first battle against women discrimination. In Italy there is attention for women equality, especially against the abuse of women. I have seen flyers or other gadgets with this phrase: No violenza sulle donne…

Last year, when I was in Spello for the event Infiorate di Spello, the yearly flower event at Corpus Domini, I saw a flower carpet with the text:

No to violence against women; Stop the abuse; Mai più violenza sulle donne.

It represented the Brooklyn bridge with a man and woman in wonderful colors and very expressive. New York, where it all started: March 8 is international Women day.


On the 8th of March we will hear ‘Auguri Donne!’ everywhere and who knows we will be surprised with some mimosa.


Spello’s Gold

Last weekend Spello celebrated its “gold liquid” with the Frantoi Aperti. Every year in November this event promotes Umbria’s DOP extra virgin olive oil.





Its 17th edition transformed this mediaval hill town into a place of theaters, open markets, art, traditional Umbrian song and dance performances, olive oil tastings (bruschetta with new olive oil, soups and local pastries) and much more. Delicious!

On the Sunday afternoon the “Spellani” bring olive trees to the historical centre. There were so many! These olive trees were adorned with many things, like bread, pots, meat, cheeses, oranges… Does anybody know what this represents?




In the piazza’s the locals sing traditional songs and dance the saltarello to accordion music!


Spello is a lovely medieval village in Umbria, also just for a stroll in the narrow streets or having a lunch in one of the local trattoria’s. Spello is beautiful also in Autumn and in Winter.




Villa in Umbria rents an apartment in the historical centre of Spello. You can easily reach this town by train!


– posted by Sylvia van der Male –