Castello di Montignano Relais & Spa
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... much prettier than Clare) founded the Poor Clare sisters (we have a small group of them in Delray Beach). Her body is intact in a glass tomb in the church. St Francis' body is in his church but you can't see him (he is in a metal box protected because in the past, people wanted to get relics of his body. Interestingly enough he was baptized Giovanni and then changed his name to Francis when he gave up all his worldly goods to follow the church. He founded ...
We stopped first in Ravenna today to see its ceramics and the tomb of Dante. The ceramics were nice but having seen the Blue Mosque eand Hagia Sofia in Istanbul I wasn't too impressed. Supposedly Cole Porter was inspired to write Night and Day while there. We then drive hrough the mountains and then Umbria for another two hours to ...
So, we drove north and are now in Tuscany. We stopped at Orvieto, which is an Italian Hill Town. There are many hill towns in Tuscany and Umbria, particularly the former. They were built during the middle ages as defensive structures due to the constant small time warfare and raiding. So, this massive Roman Empire is reduced to sibling squabbling. But there are attractive sights left for us.
In Orvieto, the church is rated by some as the most beautiful ...
... to restaurants, supermarkets, etc, we wandered up,through the town to take a look. Spello, along with a few other towns in this region, had been hit by violent earthquakes back in 1997 and a rebuilding project had been undertaken, so although the style of many of the buildings looked like they had been built a few hundred years ago, they were actually only 20 years old. So the town looked new and old at the same time. We wandered around for a couple of hours, but ...
We past through the village of Arrone and then past the lakeside village of Piediluco which by this time Labro loomed up above us. Our trekking guide (some notes on a piece of paper) warned us about the final climb to this ancient village. As written "it leaves the valley floor and climbed and climbs and climbs...it's a rough track, shared with a stream bed" so being our 17th mile of the day we prepared for ...