Hotel Villa Ciconia
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... br> On the second day in Todi we went to one of the most famous Christian towns in the world, Assisi. Assisi was founded early around 600 BC! It is a beautiful walled village on a hill. It is especially famous because St Francis grew up there. St Francis was a famous saint who was very kind to poor people and animals. After he died in 1226, a magnificent cathedral was built in his ...
... in these caves and attached some of them by mining connections for passages as well as aquaducts. They had been there nearly 2000 years before they were discovered. There is still a lot of unknowns about how they lived, but it is a well done self guided tour. Orvieto was also a popular bolthole for Popes during times of unrest in Rome, and this vast deep well was available for use in the event of a siege.
After the caves, we are off to see Porta Maggiore, ...
... compared to our home in Brisbane, and I do enjoy our little 'home'.
I do 'pink' jobs and David does 'blue' ones.
Italy is good and bad - warm, cheap, a bit scruffy, but welcoming.
Seeing so much old, beautiful and interesting things, and a variety of places.
Favourite places? : Positano, Capri, San Gimignarno.
Today we bicycled alongside Lake Bolsena, to the old town (so many of them perched on hilltops and so old and ...
... Much of the excavation had also been done for the raw materials in the form of pozzolana a type off volcanic rock used in ancient building construction. We were told up until 1990 around 400 caves had been identified but after they found what are called cave 6 and 536 that number has since grown to 1200, almost every house in Orvieto has a cellar associated with it and while they all used to be connected they are largely closed up defining which cave belongs to who, these are ...
... t hold back....once again, I was fascinated how they did all this with no modern equipment... Incredible.
After all that we kept heading north for about 30 km and ended up at a place on the very shores of Lago Di Bolsena.
A beautifully kept big professional ...