Under the Tuscan Sun

Monday, April 23, 2012

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, Tuscany is my favorite area of Italy.

Although, my new favorite city isn't technically in Tuscany... But more about that in a bit.

After we returned home from Rome, we took a day to relax.
Well, that wasn't exactly the original plan but after a bit of car trouble it all worked out for the best.
We headed to Tuscany well-rested and ready for the second half of our trip. We stayed at a wonderful hotel at the base of the hill-top town of Cortona.

Cortona is in a GREAT location because it is in easy driving distance of so many travel destinations.
Cortona itself is beautiful, sitting on a hill-top with steep narrow roads.





The following day we ventured out to one of the most gorgeous cities I have ever seen.

Assisi


Assisi was the home of Saint Francis, and is known for both it's beauty and peaceful atmosphere. 
The entire city felt incredibly surreal.


The first place we stopped at was the church of St. Francis.



 It was absolutely beautiful inside, but you couldn't take pictures.





Next we climbed up the hill to the Rocca Maggiore, a castle that you are actually able to explore on your own. 
So many castles that we've visited in Europe have all been restored for tourists, and it feels as though you are in more of a museum than a castle. 

This isn't the case with the Rocca Maggiore. 
I felt like we had been transported to some medieval time, and I couldn't wait to explore!










The view from the top of the castle was absolutely breathtaking.





Assisi is without a doubt the most beautiful town I've ever been to in Italy. 

Nothing else even compares.

After our day trip there we headed back to Cortona, and in the morning ventured off to Siena.
Jacob and I had visited Siena once before, and I remember not being a huge fan. 
Well, I didn't care much for the city this time either. 
I think after a while all of the Tuscan cities begin to look the same. So we headed over to Pisa, because everyone needs to see the leaning tower of Pisa.




The day after Pisa we headed back home to Northern Italy.

It was so wonderful having my parents here, and I can't wait for them to come visit again :)


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