|The road to Spoleto|
Spoleto is a small city of around 40,000 nestled in the hills close to the centre of Italy. It has a long, long history which has left it with a large and beautiful historic centre surrounded by the modern town. It is built on a hill at the end of a valley with views all around, so as you approach there is a castle and a huge aqueduct to see.
|Happy concert-goer with tickets|
As we had arrived in the afternoon there was only time to dress for the Opera (for me that just meant putting on shoes) and heading out to meet a group of ex-pats in time for a 5pm start. We were very lucky to get seats in a box with a perfect view. The opera house (Teatro Nuovo) is as gorgeous as the photos should attest to. The show took nearly three hours with a couple of breaks - somewhat hard going at the start but it warmed up towards the end with a dramatic finale.
|The ceiling of the theatre|
As it was a Sunday night and not many restaurants were open we had booked a nearby family restaurant which the (now) elderly owners had been running for 51 years! Sadly it told as we didn’t think the homemade food was particularly good nor good value. Nice but not as good as we’re used to here.
|Saw my favourite car in a model shop|
(on the right, though I'd be happy with either)
|Detail of ceiling in the Duomo|
|13th C aqueduct|
|English friends Mary Jane, Jeff, [Vicki], and our friend and host Pauline|
|a delicious lunch|
|Final reminder of why we were there!|