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Today we are in Assisi, home of Saint Francis of Assisi. We visited the Basilica of St. Francis; an amazing piece of architecture, especially given the time it was built after St. Francis's death in the 1200s. They could never build this today. It is probably a good thing too since it would likely bankrupt the local citizenry. Maybe it did back …
... be redone. Whatever natural damage occurs, it has to remain that way, The town is quaint with shops and restaurants, winding roads, steep steps going up the hill. Coming from a country that is not very old, it was fascinating to see structures from before the time of Christ, to the 12th century mixed with modern time construction. Hard to believe that there will be another place more impressive than Assisi other than the Vatican! After Assisi, we traveled to ...
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 ...
... filled with visiting the towns three museums (one of which has excavations of Roman ruins running 100 metres back under the central plaza) and wandering the small alleyways and streets (all of them with some sort of an incline, this town really is built on the side of a hill) admiring the buildings and the flowers in pots that hang from every balcony and ledge available. When the time had come to catch our train home, we realised we hadn't left enough time to get back ...
... are wandering the narrow cobblestoned via's. There are also many lovely shops, restaurants and enoteca (wine bars), bit of a juxtaposition hey?. After viewing the Basilica and St Francis' tomb, we wandered back down the hillside to lunch. We found a very groovy enoteca (wine bar) Bibenda. Fantastic local produce and recommended wines from Umbria. As you can see from the photos, our hostess was a very attentive ...