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“Beauty, peace and lovely people” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Grays Essex England
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41 reviews
30 helpful votes
“Beauty, peace and lovely people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

Arriving in the walled town of Assisi is like arriving in another world. Winding cobbled streets, every one of them bringing the camera out as so lovely. So many churches, all so beautiful inside. Yes, a religious town because of their famous son, St Francis,who started The Franciscans and his friend, St Clare, who started The Poor Clare nuns. But nestled in the Umbrian hills , this peaceful oasis puts the heart and mind to rest in this mad, rushing world.

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Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
2 helpful votes
“Sacred town, sacred ground”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2010

We stayed in Assisi for three nights last summer and I must say, it was my favorite place in all of Italy (closely tied with Corniglia in Cinque Terre). Though I am not Catholic, it is easy to understand why St. Francis is so highly revered. To be able to walk the streets he walked, hear about his life and see the beautiful frescoes in the Basilica was a powerful experience. I would highly recommend Anne Robichaud as a tour guide. She was recommended by a relative and I must say, she was definitely worth the Euros. We did an all day trip with her, morning in Assisi, then a wine tasting lunch and afternoon tour of nearby Spello. She has lived in Italy since the 1970's knows everyone and everything about the area. Several shop owners gave me discounts the following day because we had been there with Anne the day before. Perhaps she will introduce you to Brother Paul, a Franciscan monk who lives alone in a monastery in Spello, grows his own food within the walls, and spends his time making beautiful works of art out of the flower petals he sweeps up after the Flower Festival. We hope to return someday and have Anne show us more of the region. It is a beautiful and sacred place and to see Anne again would be like visiting an old friend.

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Texas
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10 reviews
30 helpful votes
“lovely village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2010

We arrived at the tail end of an ice storm, so there were beautiful icicles everywhere. Despite the maze of cobblestone streets, it's impossible to get lost in this little village. We were there in the dead of winter just before Christmas, so there were no crowds. Dinner at La Palotta was wonderful. Dessert at Gran Caffe was excellent. Cafe crawl in this town - take your time sipping wine and eating whatever they have to serve. Oh, and the big sites of St. Claire and St. Francis were worth the visit, too.

If you need a guide, consider using Alessandra Pettinelli. Our travel agency - Cartolina Tours - failed to pay her, so she couldn't give us a tour. However, she was kind enough to show up at the meeting point and make sure that we knew where to go and how to get bus tickets to Siena. If she's that kind and helpful when she's unpaid, imagine how great she is when she's given money! (It's January 26th, and we're still waiting for our refund from Cartolina Tours, by the way.)

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Wisconsin USA
2 reviews
“Worse place in the world”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2009

Horrible people. Went in May,2009 for thier festival. Pushed about, physically accosted. I have traveled all over this city is worse than a Paris airport. Newark would be a better place to walk around, DON'T GO!

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cincinnati
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4 reviews
“Outstanding Tour of Assisi and Spello (annesitaly.com)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2009

My wife and I had a wonderful two week vacation in Italy in Sept 09. The highlight of our trip was a very personal tour by Anne Robichaud of annesitaly.com of Assisi and Spello. I contacted Anne through her website and she arranged all of the details for our visit to Assisi. Our visit included a half day in depth tour of Assisi including the backstreets and merchants that Anne, a 30 year resident of Assisi, knows. The second half of our tour was to Spello, a wonderful
medieval town just south of Assisi. This tour, beside the history and back streets, included a fantastic wine and food tasting at a premier wine merchant/restaurant owner in Spello. Can you say Italian? WOW!! It was terrific!
I highly recommend that you contact Anne for any plans that you have to visit Italy and especially Umbria. It will be a visit that you will never forget!!
Tom M (Cincinnati, OH)

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