Hotel Tirrenus Perugia
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We climbed the 56 steps leading up to this impressive House of Worship only to find, not open until 10am, too late for us. However, as we know, if you are there for prayer, there is always a side door. And so there was in this instance also.
The Cathedral is dedicated to St.Andrew. Two Italian cleaning ladies were methodically mopping the floor and quietly chatting. Their ministry to God in that place!
We stayed long enough for ...
... there are candles that you can make an offering for as you take the candle. When you get in front of the tomb, there are baskets for you to place the candles in. They are not to be lit but they say they will be lit and offered. Sounds like a rort to me. I bet one of the monasteries uses them to cook their meals or to make coffee with. Given the Italian devotions and preference to this sort of thing, St Francis could be a major contributor to ...
... whites, cashmere and their stunning Cathedral.
Although we arrived in plenty of time to shop before the 1-4pm lunch closure, we were too late for a visit inside the Cathedral, and had to satisfy ourselves with just being over awed by the beauty of the exterior. It is stunning!
We stopped into a ceramic gallery/workshop and were met by this charming women, working her ceramic piece. The kiln was open and partially filled ...
Today began early with a 5am wake up call. We were packed, boarded, and on the road by 6:30 headed to Assisi. A three hour nap later we arrived in the beautifully peaceful city. Late morning we had tours of St. Francis church ending at his tomb. After we spent some time there we headed to the hotel to check in and get lunch. Italians eat a lot of carbs, which don't fill you up for very long, so by the time we say down to lunch I was starving. I had some ...
Well, the blunt end of the trip....our last four days we are spending in Umbria. Specifically, Spello,which is an ancient town and commune of Italy, in the province of Perugia in east central Umbria. It is a medieval town, completed walled, and very steep. Absolutely stunning it is. We stayed in Casa Spello which is a renovated Monastery, much to Paul's delight as he has always wanted a 'cave'. We spent the days walking (and walking, and walking) up hill and down dale literally. ...