Torre Sangiovanni B&B e Ristorante
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Today was planned to provide some much needed respite to some tired feet. We jigsawed the luggage into the car, and off we went. Our first stop was the currently-under-construction temple in northeastern Rome. I was hoping it would be further along, but since the 2 spires are still under construction we didn't bother to turn around after I missed the turn off.
We headed north, planning to drive through the Tuscan hills to Siena, then on to spend ...
... clown performance at a local theatre. We ended up as part of a large audience of parents and kids, and fortunately most of the performance was mime and Commedia dell' Arte style physical comedy. It was an entertaining show and we each had our own favourite moments from the performance.
We retired home to make a late Easter supper. Even after a day's worth of chocolate, there was still room for an excellent meal -- including lemon cake for dessert!
Tuesday dawned bright and sunny so we headed out early to catch the train to Assisi. An easy 40 minute ride on a commuter-style train brought us to the station in Assisi, far below the hill-town above. We caught a city bus (obviously the chief form of school transport for teenagers at this time of the morning) and got off near the city centre around 9am.
Assisi is a beautiful town. The multi-coloured limestone buildings rise up ...
... of San Rufino, which is named for Assisi's patron saint who was the town's first bishop. We marveled at the medieval architecture--various elevations of arches, tunnels and cobbled streets that look like a movie set! We saw the Basilica of St. Clare who was a devoted follower of Francis. We viewed the Roman Temple of Minerva which was converted to a Christian Church in the ninth century. We loved ...
... the gorge and stands 76meters tall) to the old Fort (aka guard station). We chose to do the loop up the hillside and take the path which would eventually lead back into the west end of town. It was a well forested path, wide and gentle enough for easy walking. You tended to forget that the path along the hillside was supported by a giant medieval retaining wall. The kids enjoyed the 'exercise stations' that were located at different spots along our path, and the simple ability ...