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So far my favorite thing about Italy has been finding the off the beaten path destinations untouched by tourist itineraries. This past weekend I got to go to Assisi, a small medieval town about two hours North of Rome via train. The train ride itself was absolutely gorgeous. About every five minutes we passed a hillside village with small castles and villas perched at the top. The surrounding areas were completely deserted and consisted of green landscapes untouched by drought.

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Once we got to the station, my friends and I took a bus to the top of the mountain and went into the large medieval fort that is made of brick and looks like it’s from a Lord of the Rings movie.

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We got to climb to the top of a better than any Disney movie spiral staircase and saw the entire city beneath us.

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After descending the staircase we went through a never ending amazing, yet claustrophobia inducing tunnel. The fortress was perhaps my favorite part of the town. It felt like a dream.

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When we were done exploring the fort we walked through the main streets and fell in love with Assisi. In perhaps one of the only small towns I could live in yet never get bored, I was able to stare at cobblestone streets and cottages durable enough to last so many centuries.

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After exploring the main part of the city and entering numerous churches and museums, we ended the day by going into the St Francis church itself.

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