A visit to the San Francesco woodland “Bosco di San Francesco”

A visit to the San Francesco woodland “Bosco di San Francesco”

Recently I visited one of the most beautiful places in Assisi: the “Bosco di San Francesco”. The famous woods where the saint patron of Italy meditated and prayed. The woodland of Saint Francis can be accessed next to the Basilica di San Francesco. You will see a large stone wall to the right and a wooden door. Through this door one can access the woodlands. […]

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Visit Civic Museum in Montefalco

Visit Civic Museum in Montefalco

Montefalco “Mount of the Falcon” is a town of churches and convents. This hamlet is situated 11 km north west from Foligno and is perched on a hill top, boasting magnificent views over the green hills. Montefalco is also known as the balcony of Umbria. Outside the Gate of St. Augustine there’s ample parking. Enter the gate and proceed up the Corso G. Mameli with […]

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La Scarzuola

La Scarzuola

La Scarzuola is one of these places in Umbria where not many tourists go, but it is very worthwhile the detour. Guests of ours in Todi House wanted to visit this very particular former abbey and its gardens. They asked us to book it for them and we decided to join them. The former abbey is situated near Montegiove well hidden in the green Umbrian hills. The abbey […]

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Isola Maggiore and Ristorante Oso

Isola Maggiore and Ristorante Oso

Last week we went to our favourite restaurant on the island Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno: Ristorante l’Oso. The  boat trip to get to the island, the island itself and the excellent food always make up for a day to remember when we have guests, especially on a sunny day. This time we decided not to take the usual ferry, but we wanted to try the […]

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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

The medieval city of Assisi is an important religious destination for many people. It is built at the foothill of Monte Subasio. Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone became known as Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226). In his youth he lived a luxury life. His father was a successful merchant of Assisi, but Francis was not satisfied with his life. At the age of 20 he […]

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Monastery in Umbria

Monastery in Umbria

The Umbrian landscape in autumn is like a palette of yellow, green, orange, gold and red. The last few days were cloudy and rainy too. But when the sun breaks through, it feels like spring! The chestnut season has begun and we drink young red wine. It is definitely autumn in Umbria. Yesterday we visited some villas and apartments in the South-West of Umbria. We […]

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Guided tour of the Assisi Basilica

Saturday the ‘Guide in Umbria’ had organised a guided tour of the Saint Francis Basilica in Assisi. The ‘Guide in Umbria’ are organising every third Saturday of the month a guided tour somewhere in Umbria. I am a huge fan of this group of guides. The Basilica of Assisi is world famous. An endless number of fresco’s made by the most renowned artists at the […]

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