I was traveling by train using a eur-rail pass and carrying a student identification card to save money many years ago long before the customary range of calendar dates suitable for indicating the time of my visit were made available for competing this review. I was on my way to Perugia and wanted to know if there was anything other than the desirable destination for me to see before arriving there. I took the time to stop here as it was a center of rail transportation in central Italy. I made the correct decision as there were a church and a cathedral. I saw this church from the outside. At first I did not go inside not for a lack of knowledge or time but because I had to rewrite my priorities for visiting Umbria. Foligno was a larger city than I had imagined it to be - it was somewhat larger than the smaller hill towns in the region. I do recommend that you see the church and bring with you some knowledge of architectural design and art history to say nothing of the Italian language. Do not wander around the streets or in the the church munching on two ham sandwiches or drinking a milk shake. Be more respectful for this place is part of the Italian national cultural heritage. Knowledge of the damage done by aircraft during World War Two - for this city was a central place for rail transportation and a rail hub - will serve you well. Much of the city is not an old medieval city as a result many renovations done since then. But the church is. Talking with the people who care for the church will endear you to them.This place might be more suitable for adults than for younger children. Do not bring your pet dog. When I got to go inside I was astonished to see the collection of medieval frescoes done by numerous local artists - some of them have become more noteworthy today as important Italian artists in their own right. Their names can be readily found in many websites dealing with the church. Their work in local churches could be the subject of several research papers for sure. The church was a hospital and an ancient chapel. The chapel of Santa Assunta Madonna to the left of the facade goes back to the 7th or 8th centuries.This is an ancient church with roots or origins in medieval times. The current location is said to be between the two sets of walls. I did not understand the definition at first. Learn the name of the many artists to appreciate their contribution to the designs found in the interior frescoes and other parts of the church. Go see this church and admire the artistry of the people who did the frescoes. This can be very intellectually challenging. So bring with you some knowledge of this time period. This was serious business for me and it should be the same for you. Enjoy it!
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