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... through all of the other villages that are probably just like Orvieto.
Eventually we made it to Siena, and struggled to find a parking spot. Actually, we dropped into one pretty quickly, but figuring out how to pay for it (and getting the machine to just TAKE OUR MONEY) took quite a while. Then we figured out that the spot we were in was for residents only. Fortunately, Grampy and Samantha staked out FREE spot, and held their ground until ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... of San Rufino, which is named for Assisi's patron saint who was the town's first bishop. We marveled at the medieval architecture--various elevations of arches, tunnels and cobbled streets that look like a movie set! We saw the Basilica of St. Clare who was a devoted follower of Francis. We viewed the Roman Temple of Minerva which was converted to a Christian Church in the ninth century. We loved ...
... sites close for about 3 hours from 12 to 3, or 1 to 4). After a look inside, we explored the cemetery. From an outsiders perspective, it looks like a little village. It is a vast collection of family crypts in the shapes of houses, churches (one was even a pyramid) that all stand anywhere from 10 to 20 feet tall. It was fascinating, though you feel a bit like a trespasser in this cemetery which is both hundreds of years old, but also still used today.
The afternoon ...