Category Archives: Italy Umbria

Nearing the End in Orvieto

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Orvieto is a small city in Umbria.  It sits on a volcanic plug — the flat summit of a volcano  — on what is said to be one of the most dramatic settings in the world. It was  our last … Continue reading

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Assisi Is

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Uphill.  All. The. Time. What goes up must come down? Wrong. Roman Umbia’s central location made it desirable to conquering outsiders, starting with the Etruscans in 5th century BCE. The Romans showed up in the 3rd century BCE and stayed … Continue reading

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Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

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The last thing I expected, at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Assisi, were the soldiers with submachine guns roaming the basilica grounds.  Yes, they’d been at other major tourist attractions.  We’d had to go through security scanners … Continue reading

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