Saint Frances is known as the Peacemaker in Gubbio. Here he made a pact with a wolf that had been terrorising the townsfolk, and from then on the wolf had no need to kill for food, because people fed him, and the townsfolk no longer lived in fear.
This night was spent in Citta di Castello. We arrived early evening just as the market was packing up. Another fascinating walled village, but mostly on the flat rather than a hillside. Fascinating old buildings, including a circular tower, and a beautiful Cathedral, and we had a delightful room, just around the corner from the main square, in the hotel Umbria.
Some of the frescoes in the cathedral in Città di Castello.
A small portion of the beautiful carving on the cathedral door in Città di Castello,
and inside the cathedral.
A street scene in Città di Castello,
and the round tower.
The square in Pietralunga, looking across at the church where we attended a concert later that evening - organ, and a talented soprano who switched and played the recorder a couple of times (both the descant and the treble).
A view of the other side of the square.
A little back street in Pietralunga.
On the other side of the square this was the view we got.
As we left the next morning cloud covered the sun, and a haze filled the valley.
Here we have walked down into the valley and come up the other side to get a fine view of Pietralunga.
As we descended the hill at San Benedetto to where our "taxi" angels were, we passed this cross.
The Fransican church in Gubbio,
And inside the church.
Now it is time to bore you with more photos.
More or less our first view of the old part of Gubbio, mixed with the busy modern market.
The market has packed up and gone, and peace reigns again.
Heading up to look through what is known as the Ducal Palace, basically the original "Council" building.
The fantastic view from here.
Looking up towards the Basilica, where today we caught a cable car there and back.
A typical street in Gubbio, complete with the washing drying.
The Grand Piazza.
Julie, showing off her new hat, against the backdrop of Gubbio.
A higher view of Gubbio, from the cable car basket.
One of the "Porte's" (gateways) into Gubbio.
In Italy funeral notices are pasted on A4 paper on fthe notice board in town.
Going up in the cable car this is the view we got.
This Basilica is dedicated to Saint Ubaldo.
Each year, in May, the "candlesticks" are taken down the mountain to the town of Gubbio, where teams of men run through the streets with them, then up the mountain where they stay till next year. They are topped with statues of the the three patron saints and always go in order, Saint Ubaldo first, and each one weighs around 300 kilos!
I loved the frescoes surrounding the organ.