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September 2018

Spello and Gubbio.

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On this post you can read some other notes about my holiday in Umbria. I hope you have read my previous entries about Perugia, Assisi and lake Trasimeno.

I will let you see some pics about two day trips I took.

I visited Spello and Gubbio.

Spello is a hill top village some 10 km far from Assisi. I went there by train from that town.

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Spello is famous for the Infiorata. This event is held every year; usually at the beginning of june. During the infiorata days, people create large tapestries made of flowers and part of these.

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Il Melograno is a very beautiful small shop. It is crammed with nice things. Here you can find home decorations, useful items, potteries and toys. This is the right place to look for some souvenirs to take home. It is a pity I only took this pic of this shop.

Il Melograno (see; www.ilmelogranospello.com) is situated in via Garibaldi at number 16. I think via Garibaldi is Spello main street.

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One of Spello main sight is surely the Baglioni Chapel. It is part of santa Maria Maggiore church. This chapel was painted in 1501 by Pinturicchio (the painter Bernardino di Betto (1454 - 1513). It is practically a cycle of frescoes about the stories of Mary and Jesus' childhood.

It is not allowed to take pics inside the chapel, but I did it while the chapel' s attendant was busy chatting with some ladies. I took some pics with no flash and what you see here are the best (decent) pics I was able to take.

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Gubbio.

Gubbio is a hill top top located some 40 km north - east of Perugia. It is a quite large town.

I went to Gubbio from Perugia by coach. The journey took around one hour.

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You can get a fool licence if you visit Gubbio. To do this you have to go to largo del Bargello (the small square you see in this picture); then turn around the fountain for three times in the presence of a Gubbio' s citizen. Then he/she will have to request the licence for you. You will have to pay some euros for it.

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Piazza Grande is Gubbio main square. Here you can see a beautiful and tall palace. This is the Palazzo dei Consoli. It was built between 1321 and 1322. Inside this palace an art museum is housed.

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Here is another pictures of Palazzo dei Consoli.

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Bar Caffè Ducale or Don Matteo' s bar is a good place to have a budget lunch. This cafe, which is part of a luxury hotel was used ( and probably it will be used again) as a location for the Italian television movie serie; Don Matteo.

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I didn' t visit any museums or church when I was in Gubbio, but I exlored this town quite well.

Posted by Maurizioagos 23:51 Archived in Italy Tagged italy umbria il spello gubbio melograno Comments (4)

The lake Trasimeno.

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Lake Trasimeno is a very large lake situated around half an hour by train from Perugia. It is bordered by several villages.

There are three islands on this lake. Isola Maggiore, Isola Minore and Isola Polvese.

I did two day trips to this lake when I was in Perugia. The first time I went to Passignano sul Trasimeno. Once there I went to the harbour and took a ferry to Isola Maggiore. The second time I went to lake Trasimeno area I visited Tuoro sul Trasimeno.

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Isola Maggiore is the only inhabited island on this lake. Nowadays the people living there are very few.They shouldn' t be more than 18! There is only a village on Isola Maggiore. Here you can visit some churches, a museum, or maybe two.

Sain Francis spent 40 days at Lent in 1211 on this island.

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In this picture and in the previous one you see part of the main street of the village; via Guglielmi.

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Saint Michael the Archangel church is one of the highlights of this island. This church was probably bulit in the XIII century. It is located on the top of a hill overlooking the village.

This church houses several ancient frescoes. I don' t know why I took only this picture inside this church! Really. Stupid me!

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Here you see part of Passignano sul Trasimeno.

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Passignano sul Trasimeno is made of a "modern area" quite near the lake and by a medeval core situated on a hill.

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There is a fortress in Passignano. Unfortunately it was closed when I visited this village. This fortress has a museum dedicated to boats inside.

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Here you see Passignano from afar.

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I didn' t like much Tuoro sul Trasimeno. This village is popular because Hannibal defetead the Romans in its area...some years ago.

The center of this village is located very far from the lake, so I had to walk a lot to get there.

In Tuoro there is a museum about the battle. I didn' t visit it, so I am not able to write anything about it.

In this picture you can see a landscape from Tuoro sul Trasimeno.

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The only thing I liked in Tuoro sul Trasimeno was a series of beautiful and tall statues. Its name is Parco Campo del Sole (i. e. sun' s field). This area was created at the end of the 80' s

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As you can see the statures at Campo del Sole are shaped as totems. I think I have read that this serie of statues should represent the battle of Trasimeno.

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Posted by Maurizioagos 10:05 Archived in Italy Tagged lake sul trasimeno passignano tuoro Comments (2)

Perugia.

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Perugia is a city located in central Italy and precisely in the Umbria region. Its old core is situated on a hill. It is a city of art and a university town. Its university was founded in 1308. There is also a university for foreigners in Perugia.

I spent several days in Perugia last june. I think I choose it as base because it is easy to do lots of day trips from here by public transportation.

Perugia is the location for Umbria Jazz and Eurochocolate. The first is a series of jazz concerts. These are held on various places outdoors or in some theaters. Eurochocolate is an event related to chocolate.

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Piazza IV novembre is Perugia main square. Here you can see part of the cathedral and part of Palazzo dei Priori.

This square was the seat where the town cuncilors used to meet. It was built between the XIII and the XV centuries. Today, part of this huge building is used as town hall.

On the third floor of this palace the Galleria Nazionale dell' Umbria is housed. It is a very rich art collection with paintings, statues and lots of other art works.

Inside Palazzo dei Priori there are also two rooms that belonged to two Medieval guilds.

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Between the Palazzo dei Priori and the cathedral you see a very large fountain. This is the fontana Maggiore. It is carved with panels depicting the astrological signs, the months of the year; Aesop' s fables and mythical monsters.

This fountain was created between 1277 and 1278.

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There are several view points in Perugia where you can enjoy great landscapes!

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As you can see from this picture many steets in this city are quite steep. Be prepared to suffer a bit if you like to explore Perugia' s old core properly!

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Here you can see via dell' acquedotto (acqueduct street). It was made over an ancient acqueduct.

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I explored Perugia a lot and I also visited some churches and a couple of museums. One of the most important museum in this city is undoubtly the Galleria Nazionale dell' Umbria. Here you can see lots of ancient art works.

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Saint Severus' chapel is a small gem. This chapel is part of saint Severus' church. Inside it was frescoed by two painters; Pietro Vannucci AKA Perugino and Raphael. Raphael painted its part between 1505 and 1508 and Perugino completed it in the 1521.

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I seldom go outside in the evening when I am on holiday. I usually walk a lot and so I am very tired at the end of the day.

One evening, after a nap I decided to go for a stroll (I had to buy something as well). I enjoyed Perugia at night a lot.

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Posted by Maurizioagos 11:01 Archived in Italy Tagged perugi umbria. Comments (4)

Assisi.

Saint Francis' birthplace.

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I visited Assisi last june.

It is a large ancient town on a hill.

Assisi has several churches to visit, some museums and a maze of narrow cobbled streets. Its highlights are Saint Francis' and Saint Claire' s basilicas. Both of these churches house the saints remains.

Assisi is just less than half and hour by train from Perugia.

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This is Assisi main square.

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There are no shortage of cafes and restaurants in Assisi!

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Here you can see part of sanin Francis' parents house. I dsicovered this building by chance. There is only a small chapel to see inside.

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Here you see some items that are part of the small museum you can visit inside saint Claire' s basilica.There are some things belonged to saint Francis and saint Claire.

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Here' s another pic of the small museum.

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Saint Claire' s basilica was built between 1257 and 1265. Beside the small museum here you can see the saint' s remains (in the crypt...)

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This is one of Assisi' s highlight; saint Francis' basilica. It is made of two churches. The upper church and the lower one.

The lower church is the oldest part of this complex. It was completed in the early 13th century and decorated with 13th and 14th centuries frescoes. The upper church was completed in the 1253.

Saint Francis' basilica also houses the saint' s remains. These are kept in the crypt.

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Here you can see part of the lower church.

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La Porziuncola is a small chapel where saint Francis used to pray. He restored it himself. This chapel is situated inside at Santa Maria degli Angeli into the church. Santa Maria degli Angeli is a village some kilometers far from Assisi.

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This is another pic of the Porziuncola chapel.

Posted by Maurizioagos 09:18 Archived in Italy Tagged saint assisi. francis. Comments (7)

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