Historic Hill Towns in Umbria – “The Green Heart of Italy”: Perugia and Assisi
Presenter: Carol Jonson
Perugia, Umbria’s capital, is a fascinating city where above ground you see its beautiful medieval face and below, in the caves and wells that honeycomb the city, you discover its ancient Etruscan past. The charming hill town of Assisi in Umbria, inhabited since 1000 BC, was an Etruscan town conquered by the Romans. It is most famous, however, as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi and today is noted for its extraordinary two-level basilica filled with late medieval and proto-Renaissance frescoes by the masters, Cimabue and Giotto.
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