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On this Easter weekend, the greatest 'x factor' was perhaps knowing what was going to be open when, and knowing we had groceries to get us through. We did not know how much of 'lock down' Easter would have on a smaller town. In the end, Spoletto seems to be a popular tourist destination for Italian tourist on Easter weekend. There were many Italians with maps and tour books looking as confused as we did when we first arrived. For Lachlan, the greatest 'x factor' ...
... business in Assisi. That being said, it seems like many of the hill towns, the Renaissance largely skipped Assisi and this medieval walled city made for an excellent day trip.
We started at the Basilica di San Francesco, a grand frescoed which two levels down contains the crypt containing the remains of St. Francis. The kids have been quite fascinated with the crypts found in churches. Imagining what the big stone tombs contain ...
Yesterday morning we rented a car and drove through the rolling hills of Tuscany into Umbria and the charming town of Assisi. In the year 1200, a simple friar from Assisi countered the decadence of Church government, and society in general, with a powerful message of non-materialism. Francis forsook his wealthy family and taught by example, living a life without worldly goods and aiming to love all ...
... sticks into Harry Potter wands and run about casting spells at each other.
Since the path brought us to the outskirts of town, we realized we were quite close to the UNESCO world heritage site -- the Basilica di San Salvatore. It had some interesting frescoes, but most impressive were the re-purposed Roman columns which made up the interior of the Basilica. We got into the church just a couple minutes before the afternoon shut down (most stores, churches and ...
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