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... I guess they wouldn't make it! A couple of earthquakes hit the town in the late 90's and destroyed about half the town. Only about 500 people live there now as most others fled to the valley to live in a safer environment. I attached a picture of a temple (with pillars) that dates back to the century before Christ. Unbelievable! It started as a Roman pagan temple and it is now a Catholic Church. St Clare (the Italians call her Chiara (K sound not ch sound which I ...
After two pleasant days in Venice, we decided to set our GPS destination to Orvieto, Umbria, in central Italy: from the city seemingly rising out of water to the city built on a flat summit of a volcanic rock, 1000 ft above the valley floor.
From Venice to Orvieto is a four hour drive. Midway, I was hungry so I asked Google to find "restaurants near me"....it did...and we found Osteria Nonno Poldo in the hamlet of Roncobilaccio, in the heart of the ...
We stopped first in Ravenna today to see its ceramics and the tomb of Dante. The ceramics were nice but having seen the Blue Mosque eand Hagia Sofia in Istanbul I wasn't too impressed. Supposedly Cole Porter was inspired to write Night and Day while there. We then drive hrough the mountains and then Umbria for another two hours to ...
... We do not disagree. Unfortunately for us they were engaged in restorative work on the exterior front. The inside was pristine. The church is rich with paintings and frescoes. In fact Mike (aka Michelangelo) reviewed the ceiling and wall art before painting the Sistine Chapel. Bird is also especially impressed with the alternating black and white stone work. Rather surprising they could build such a structure in a fairly out of the way place during the middle ...
... the 13th century on the highest point of Assisi. Apparently this fort, and the town that surrounds it was built on top of the hill not for its defensive capabilities (although I'm sure that didn't hurt) but because the lower parts of the valley were quite marshy and full of malaria carrying mosquitos. The mosquitos had a devastating effect on the population, killing thousands of people over many years before it was discovered that mosquitos couldn't survive at ...