My time in Umbria ended with a visit to Assisi. As the birthplace of St. Francis, patron saint of Italy, this small town is full of rich history. And churches. I spent easily two hours inside the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi, admiring Giotto’s frescoes and the overall architecture of the place. To think that in 1997 an earthquake did major damage — restoration efforts certainly paid off.

I also had a great lunch at the Ristorante Pallotta. Right in the town center, and highly recommended.