Assisi is so small up there. Ten, maybe fifteen minutes walk from one side to the other. I have quite a story about my trip there when I was in Italy last. It gets *very* cold up there with biting wind in the winter! The monks near the sarcophagus of St. Francis can be a little odd, weird & remote. I spent about two or three days there & had a good time.
In the main square, there’s a subterranean level that is Roman, approx. ten or twelve feet below what is now street level. There is a store next to the square selling tourist nick knacks & if you pay them a few euros you can descend the staircase. It’s pretty cool down there.
If you’re looking at the end I think you are, there would have been a Latin Pax symbol in white on the grass lawn. Hopefully it’s still there!
I expect Tyler is right and I am wrong, but I seem to recall that Florence is in Tuscany, or was when I have been there in the past. Anyway, great pictures and, clearly, wonderful food. I’m sure you won’t get diarrhoea (or even diarrhea (sic, as that dafty Trad would have it)).
Did you like any one Italian city better than the others? I really liked Venice and Florence and would like to explore them again. Venice was very special. But I really yearned to get inside any living quarters on the canal which would I guess best be done by knowing a Venetian to visit. I also yearn to visit the Villa I Tatti near Florence which houses one of the best libraries and collection of Renaissance art, gathered by Bernard Berensen and dedicated to Harvard at his death. Berenson’s collection remains at the villa and is used by Harvard Renaissance scholars. The library is private but the grounds and villa are open to the public. Betty
the picture of the duomo in Florence looks almost like a negative with a purple filter – i know the colors of the building are pretty vibrant, but they look even more so with that particular image. how did you achieve that result? It looks great
I love the “E non si puo fare piu cotta” bistecca notice on the menu! Typical amusing Tuscan brusqueness -I’d love to know which restaurant that’s at?
Reminds me of having to patiently explain to a visiting British friend why pasta with mushrooms wasn’t on the menu and why the waiter was telling her she couldn’t have pasta with mushrooms, because mushrooms weren’t in season, even if she could have it all year round at her local “Italian” Caffe Uno chain in England. (!)
Hi, lovely photos they make me nostalgic…..I lived in Italy for 2 1/2 years, about an hour from Venice and travelled all over. Caprese salad, delicious…..and the beautiful pastel light in Assisi. There are some wonderful places in the south too…..there’s a bunch on my website. Ciao e buono fortuna!