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ASSISI AND CORTONA, ITALY . HILLTOPS.

Umbria. and Tuscany.

I was on a holiday through Italy in 2011. It included these two hilltop towns. I knew
about Assisi, but only knew of Cortona, because of seeing a Andre Rieu concert on
Sky Arts tv channel.. -- Assisi is a medieval town in Italy in the province of Perugia, in the
Umbria region. The old town is at an altitude of 424m, on the side of Mount Subasio.
Assisi is the birthplace of Saint Francis. there is a huge Basilica with his name. It was
completed in 1253 AD. - I arrived from Rome by train at Assisi rail station,which is on
the Foligno to Terontola line. The station is some distance from the town. This did
not matter to me ,because my hotel was close by . I stayed at the Hotel Moderno.
I took bus C , up to the old town on the hilltop. I started my trip at the top and walked
down to the Basilica of St. Francis,where i caught the bus down. Places of interest were the
Cathedral of di San Rufino, at the top, and the Temple of Minerva, and Basilica of
St Francis of Assisi. The Basilica is on two levels. -- In the lower town was the Basilica of Santa Maria. At the bus
stop nearby was a group of Nuns, talking away quite loudly. So i called them at Chatter
of Nuns.ASSISI  ITALY  --  Hotel  in  lower town  near  rail  station.

ASSISI ITALY -- Hotel in lower town near rail station.

ASSISI  ITALY.   Road  up to  hilltop  Assisi.

ASSISI ITALY. Road up to hilltop Assisi.

ASSISI   ITALY.  Lower  town.

ASSISI ITALY. Lower town.

ASSISI  ITALY.

ASSISI ITALY.

ASSISI   ITALY  --  I'm glad  it's  not  my  job  to  water  the  plants. !

ASSISI ITALY -- I'm glad it's not my job to water the plants. !

ASSISI  ITALY  --  The  Umbria  hills.

ASSISI ITALY -- The Umbria hills.

ASSISI  ITALY...Hilly  street.

ASSISI ITALY...Hilly street.

ASSISI  ITALY.   City  centre.

ASSISI ITALY. City centre.

ASSISI  ITALY.  Narrow hill  street.

ASSISI ITALY. Narrow hill street.

ASSISI,  ITALY.  - Cathedral di San Rufino,  near  the  top  of  the  hill,in  Piazzo San  Rufino.  First  built  in  the  5th  century.

ASSISI, ITALY. - Cathedral di San Rufino, near the top of the hill,in Piazzo San Rufino. First built in the 5th century.

ASSISI   ITALY.   Facade  of  cathedral  di  San Rufino.

ASSISI ITALY. Facade of cathedral di San Rufino.

ASSISI  ITALY.

ASSISI ITALY.

ASSISI  ITALY.

ASSISI ITALY.

ASSISI   ITALY

ASSISI ITALY

ASSISI  ITALY.    Temple  of  Minerva.

ASSISI ITALY. Temple of Minerva.

ASSISI   ITALY.   Temple  of  Minerva.

ASSISI ITALY. Temple of Minerva.

ASSISI   ITALY       Temple  of  Minerva.

ASSISI ITALY Temple of Minerva.

ASSISI  ITALY..    I  hope  the  brakes  on .!

ASSISI ITALY.. I hope the brakes on .!

ASSISI   ITALY.

ASSISI ITALY.

ASSISI,  ITALY. --  View of  the  Tuscany  countryside.

ASSISI, ITALY. -- View of the Tuscany countryside.

ASSISI   ITALY  --   St. Francis  Basilica.

ASSISI ITALY -- St. Francis Basilica.

ASSISI   ITALY.     St  Francis   Basilica.,  Lower  Plaza.

ASSISI ITALY. St Francis Basilica., Lower Plaza.

ASSISI   ITALY..  St Francis  Basilica.

ASSISI ITALY.. St Francis Basilica.

ASSISI  ITALY.   St  Francis  Basilica

ASSISI ITALY. St Francis Basilica

ASSISI  ITALY.    St  Francis  Basilica.

ASSISI ITALY. St Francis Basilica.

ASSISI  ITALY    St  Francis  Basilica. -- Upper  Basilica.

ASSISI ITALY St Francis Basilica. -- Upper Basilica.

ASSISI  ITALY.....PAX  --- PEACE.

ASSISI ITALY.....PAX --- PEACE.

ASSISI  ITALY.    St.  Francis  Basilica,  completed 1253.AD

ASSISI ITALY. St. Francis Basilica, completed 1253.AD

ASSISI   ITALY.    Basilica  Santa  Maria.--St  Mary  of  the  Angels.

ASSISI ITALY. Basilica Santa Maria.--St Mary of the Angels.

ASSISI  ITALY    --  Santa  Maria  Basilica  in  lower  ASSISI.

ASSISI ITALY -- Santa Maria Basilica in lower ASSISI.

ASSISI  ITALY.     Basilica  Santa  Maria in  lower  Assisi  town,

ASSISI ITALY. Basilica Santa Maria in lower Assisi town,

ASSISI  ITALY        Inside Basilica Santa Maria in  lower  Assisi  town.

ASSISI ITALY Inside Basilica Santa Maria in lower Assisi town.

ASSISI,  ITALY. --- - Could  you  call  this a Chatter  of Nuns ?

ASSISI, ITALY. --- - Could you call this a Chatter of Nuns ?

C0RTONA is in the Province of Arezzo In Tuscany at the altitude
of 600m [ 1968 ft} A lovely Tuscan hilltown. The old town is a walled centre, great
to wander round. Views of Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno. The narrow streets
are what i call serious hills. There are museums, Art Galleries and historic churches.
i arrived in Cortona by train at Camuica-Cortona closest station. On the Florence to Rome line. My hotel was opposite
the station. Tickets for the bus are on sale in the shop nearby. Going up the hill
the bus stops in Piazza Garibaldi , with a short walk to Piazzo della Republica.[ I mentioned the Andre Rieu concert, it took place in 2003... While on holiday in Cortona with his family, Andre fell in love with the town, and decided to hold a concert here. 3 concerts were held for free.
CORTONA, ITALY,  -- Hotel  near  rail  station in  lower  town,.

CORTONA, ITALY, -- Hotel near rail station in lower town,.

CORTONA  ITALY.

CORTONA ITALY.

CORTONA,  ITALY. --  View  from  hilltop of  Valdichiana and  Lake  Trasimeno.

CORTONA, ITALY. -- View from hilltop of Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno.

CORTONA  ITALY.  --  Via  Nationale, the  only  flat  level  street  .

CORTONA ITALY. -- Via Nationale, the only flat level street .

CORTONA  ITALY.  --hilly side  street.

CORTONA ITALY. --hilly side street.

CORTONA  ITALY.  --  Palazzo Comunale,  town  hall, built 1241.

CORTONA ITALY. -- Palazzo Comunale, town hall, built 1241.

CORTONA ,ITALY. --  Another  steep hill  through  Arch.

CORTONA ,ITALY. -- Another steep hill through Arch.

CORTONA  ITALY --  Piazza  del  Republica.

CORTONA ITALY -- Piazza del Republica.

CORTONA  ITALY.  --  Shop  where  i  bought  my  return  bus  ticket,to  lower  town.

CORTONA ITALY. -- Shop where i bought my return bus ticket,to lower town.

CORTONA  ITALY.  --Way  to  centre.

CORTONA ITALY. --Way to centre.

CORTONA  ITALY.  --- Steps  of  the  City  Hall  in  Piazza del  Republica.

CORTONA ITALY. --- Steps of the City Hall in Piazza del Republica.

CORTONA  ITALY.  Gateway  in  city  wall.

CORTONA ITALY. Gateway in city wall.

CORTONA,  ITALY. -- Madonna del Calcinaio Renaissance  church on  the  Southern  slopes, in  the  Tuscany  countryside.  Built  1485  to 1513.

CORTONA, ITALY. -- Madonna del Calcinaio Renaissance church on the Southern slopes, in the Tuscany countryside. Built 1485 to 1513.

CORTONA  ITALY.  --  One  of the  hilly  streets.

CORTONA ITALY. -- One of the hilly streets.

CORTONA, ITALY.  --Piazza della  Republlca.---it  was  pointed  out  to  me  that  this  was where the Andre Rieu concert took  place.

CORTONA, ITALY. --Piazza della Republlca.---it was pointed out to me that this was where the Andre Rieu concert took place.

CORTONA ,  ITALY.   ---Piazza  Garibaldi,   Bus Stop.-  Short  walk  to  centre square.

CORTONA , ITALY. ---Piazza Garibaldi, Bus Stop.- Short walk to centre square.

CORTONA, ITALY.   Enjoying a  beer  in  Piazza della  Republica.

CORTONA, ITALY. Enjoying a beer in Piazza della Republica.

Two lovely hilltop cities.--The currency in Italy is the Euro. The clock is Central European Time, one hour ahead of London. A train to Cortona from Rome takes 2 and half hours. Assisi to Cortona takes 1 and half hours.

Posted by alectrevor 13:52

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Beautiful. I love the basilicas in Assisi. I see what you mean about those plants though, wouldn't like to have to water them either.

by irenevt

I love the "Chatter of nuns." Great thought.

We love Assisi. We visited once many years ago and then decided to spend our 40th anniversary there so booked a hotel right in the Old Town. Finding one with parking was interesting but we found one and it also had a very nice restaurant just up the street so we had a great time. It is not only a beautiful village; the views from the town are stunning.

It's been many years. We should go back some time if we ever get out of lockdown.

by Beausoleil

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