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Assisi, an oasis in Umbria

Assisi is a medieval castle village that dates back to the Roman period. Known as the birth place and burial of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, this small city has loads to do, and if you stay overnight, you are rewarded with no crowds and nothing but the sounds of church bells and laughing children. The entire city is made of pink limestone, creating a beautiful sheen in the sun. The cathedral to St. Francis is famous for its art by Giotto. You see nuns and fully dressed friars wandering the streets. There are more churches than any other sort of building, and more monasteries offering board than hotels. The castle is a great place to visit with families (or anyone), although most of it is not handicapped accessible. However, if you can manage to hike to the top, the views are breathtaking. Have you ever traveled to Umbria? What is your favorite city in Italy?

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