February 20, Assisi, Italy, John

We left Vasto by 9am with a 260-mile drive ahead of us as we were due in Siena by evening.  It happened that Assisi was well placed for a late lunch stop and about 2/3 of the way to our destination.  Assisi is the site of the Basilica honoring Saint Francis and a beautiful small medieval village spoiled by endless souvenir shops.  We toured the Basilica and bought a Saint Francis with adoring animals for my grandson.  I thought the story of a man who loved animals and children would be appealing even if Sainthood did not register with his tender years.

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The Basilica was moving and impressive.  We had an unexpectedly good lunch in a restaurant overlooking the piazza in front of the Basilica and then took our leave to make a pre-nightfall arrival in Siena.