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Francis Francis

The drive from Rome to Assisi in Umbria is a short day trip (185 km or 115 miles) along dramatic mountain scenery and countless medieval hill towns where the region’s volcanic soil, wet winters and sun-drenched summers grow grapes that produce some of the finest wines in the world.

assisi in fogFor pilgrim travelers entering Italy’s Green Heart, it was a metaphor for a spiritual journey from the ecclesiastical Church of Rome to a land of religious fervor where saints walked the hillsides and forests and lived lives that changed the world. The gentle spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi continues to influence all who are open to the teachings of Francis who first heard God’s calling in a small church outside the city walls while praying at the Byzantine cross of San Damiano directing him to “Rebuild My Church”.

Today the link between Rome and Assisi is renewed with the 2013 inauguration of Pope Francis whose papacy continues to be marked by acts of simplicity and openness common and consistent with the teachings of St. Francis. I was reminded of this on a recent trip that began in Rome and ended in Umbria. popes ticketI did get my “golden ticket” to see the Pope along with thousands of others in St. Peter’s Square that October morning.  All that was going on now connected Rome to Assisi by more than an ancient pilgrim road. The name Francis echoed a spiritual reconnection between two men reminding those who listened to be “protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment”.



Pamela Marasco is the founder and owner of The Cositutti Group, a travel and lifestyle resource for the food, wine, art and design of Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria where she travels extensively with her Italian family and friends taste testing regional Italian food for, a unique on-line shopping experience that connects you to the authentic flavors of the Italy. With an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences and a graduate degree in education, Pam is committed to farming practices and educational programs that ensure the true flavors of Italy are preserved and protected. You can learn more about her travels in Italy at Her recent books include Seeing and Savoring Italy - A Taste and Travel Journey through Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria and Pasta for a Princess. She also teaches on-line classes for the IUPUI School of BioInformatics / Human-Centering Computing/ Library and Information Science.

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