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... we set out to the Modern Art Gallery. Spoleto is renown for its summer arts festival which began in the mid 1960s. Spoleto, while a medieval hill town, is littered with modern sculpture throughout -- included a particularly large sculpture by Alexander Calder right in front of the train station. Smaller sculptures are located throughout the town, and the local gallery has a quality collection of sculpture and artwork.
We had a meal out that night at ...
... in terraced streets with many back alleys to discover. Like the other Umbrian hill-towns we have explored, the streets climb at a steep angle, making exploring the town a workout in itself (lucky for us -- we need to balance out the the pizza, wine and gelato!).
The chief draw of this town, of course, is its fame as the birthplace of St. Francis, medieval holy man and founder of the Franciscan order. Born in 1181 in ...
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 ...
... up by some homework time, a walk up to a local park to run, climb and play frisbee. We walked around the old city wall in search of the local video store. On the way we ran into a line of about 50 Pine processionary catepillars (we looked them up when we got home). They were walking head-to-toe in a solid line. Graham tried to persuade them to move back away from the roadway with his foot. As the leader veered right so to did the one behind him, then the other, then the other, and ...
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