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Archeology and Assisi

This has been one of those weeks that’s only exciting for nerds and punks. I visited the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Dell’Umbria and the city of Assisi. I also got my third tattoo at XTC Tattoo and Piercing. Welcome to my dirt-devil mind!

The archeological museum collection is primarily composed of objects found in and near Perugia. Pieces date from the Bronze Age and continue into the Roman Empire. Whole rooms are devoted to amulets, house wares, signet rings, and burial urns.

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An urn for holding the remains of the deceased.

I recommend the archeological museum to all visitors of Perugia. The place is peaceful, inhabited by cats, open air, and well maintained. Massive sarcophagi and delicate earrings are all given the most reverent and delicate care.

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Museum Courtyard

Assisi is a 20 minute train ride from Perugia. The ancient and beautiful city is about two miles away from the train station. You can take a bus or taxi, but I think you are robbed of the beautiful scenery and farmland. I took a quite country road that sliced its way through green wheat fields without the noise and annoyance of traffic. I had the best vantage point to watch the city grow larger as I neared the foothills of the mountains.

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Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi

Many people make pilgrimages to Assisi and stretches of the road are specially cordoned off for pedestrians. At the end of the pilgrims’ road the city writes this welcome:

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Peace and Goodness

Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi is really fascinating. The architecture is distinguished by its two stories and double basilicas. Both the ground level and second story basilica are vaulted. It’s amazing to see the results of devotion and religious fervor. And underneath it all is the crypt and tomb of Francesco.

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Besides being studious and cultured, I went out and got a new tattoo! I decided to pay homage to two of my favorite childhood books, Peter Pan and Watership Down. The Black Rabbit of Inlè is the spiritual image of death to the rabbits. The significance of the phrase, “To die will be an awfully big adventure”, I discussed here. Shout out to Manu and his amazing workmanship!

 

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Childhood Immortalized

I promise not to get any more tattoos before I write again next week. Till then, Ciao!

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One comment

  1. rossboone · February 25

    Cool blog Libby!!! Great pictures. You’re dealing with some awesome big questions. I like the ‘on significance’ one too. I’ll think I’ll jump over there and leave a comment. 🙂 well done! Thanks for taking us on your journey!

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