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The city of Assisi was a gem. It was announced today that the new Pope would visit here, on St Francis's feast day in October. There was much frenzied activity at the news. Our guide was an American Franciscan, late thirties, jeans, who impressed all of us. He told the narrative of St Francis in such a way that even the non religious amongst us …
Free day in Spoleto. A much needed sleep in and late start. A walk down the hill to the lower town so we can get the outdoor 9 part escalator that saves 1,000 steps or so. Then the lift of course to the bottom of the fortress. Then you discover that there is a electrical failure so of course the place is closed. But being closed doesn't mean you …
Have to mention that we have had a change of bus driver. Enrico 1, left us after many tirades with our guide. We all sat with great interest, from the back half of the bus, watching the drama unfold. Enrico 2 arrived from Rome with his backpack, ready to take the wheel. San Gimignano was our first stop.
As with most medieval towns, it was …
Had a fairly early start for our trip south to Spoleto. Our first stop was the the old town of San Gimignano which is a fourteenth century hilltop town that is beautifully preserved, much cheaper than some of the mainline tourist destinations that we have visited. Had our morning coffee there before moving on to Siena for lunch. Made a visit to the …
... and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel
before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to
rebuild His church. It was in St Mary of the Angels Basilica where St
Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola,
the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Stroll
the medieval streets of the ...
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