Photo of the Week: The Green Heart of Italy

Photo of the Week: The Green Heart of Italy

This is the view onto one of the many gorgeous valleys of Umbria from the city of Assisi.
Umbria, the lone land-locked region on the peninsula, is famous for its stunning landscapes, valleys, mountains, and forests. The Apennines Mountains cross the region and while there is no direct contact with the coast, there is the large and beautiful lake Trasimeno. Because of its reputation for being so lush, the region has been given the nickname “the green heart of Italy.”
Umbria is also famous for its many other gorgeous cities such as Perugia and Todi, both of which boast beautiful sites and exceptional food (Pergia = chocolate!!). Todi, for example, has one of the most stunning centralized churches in all of Italy. Umbria can also claim the great honor of having produced Saint Francis of Assisi. Are we surprised, looking at this image of his home, that he was one of the first to come out of the so-called “dark ages” and realize that the earth is actually quite pretty and worth enjoying? I don’t think so.

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