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St. Francis of Assisi and The Wolf of Gubbio

After 13 years of Catholic school and growing up in a Catholic Italian-American family in the Midwest, I had always felt pretty knowledgeable about the teachings, stories and history of Catholicism. Then, I traveled to Italy and realized I know nothing. On a recent trip in Umbria, I visited Spello, Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi. The latter of which is of course… Read more »

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An Ode in Prose to my Umbrian Panino

Oh! To my Umbrian panino. A panino only found safely tucked away in the small, yet cosmopolitan town of Assisi. A surprise gem. A saint in our long day. In our constant quest to avoid the tourist traps, we shunned a traditional restaurant for lunch. Instead, we stopped at the take-away window of a traditional restaurant, right… Read more »

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Umbria in October – Hills, Autumn, and Chocolate

Somehow, somewhere between the very hectic start of the school year (I’ve added two first grade classes this year to chase after!), finishing up the house, and trying to somehow maintain a semblance of a life (social, health and otherwise) I’ve managed to squeeze in an upcoming trip to Umbria! There’s nothing that motivates me… Read more »