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Most people who visit the town of Assisi, Italy, are on a pilgrimage to the basilica and tomb of St. Francis, pictured above. While both places are well worth seeing — particularly the Giotto frescoes in the basilica — my favorite part of Assisi was climbing to Rocca Maggiore.
Rocca Maggiore, a medieval fort built in in the twelfth century, sits on a hill far above Assisi. Considering that Assisi itself is atop a steep hill, you can’t even imagine how far up Rocca Maggiore is! That said, you won’t need to climb — just walk up the steep streets.
Entering the fort costs a few Euros. To get to the tower, you need to walk down this hallway. It’s barely six feet tall and covered with impossibly narrow windows, just wide enough through which to shoot arrows.
Then you climb one final ladder and step into sunlight.
Remember to breathe. It’s difficult, I know!
There’s no doubt why Umbria is called the Green Heart of Italy.
After climbing down from the tower, sit back and enjoy the landscapes.
Or just storm the castle.