<p>Like a promised land, the medieval town of Assisi rises from an Umbrian valley. "I took this photo on a very rainy day," says photographer Aaron Huey. "Half of the Blue Marble group was still riding through a storm farther down the valley." The Monastery and Basilica of St. Francis—which contains the saint's tomb—dominate the left flank here, backdropped by the town of Assisi. Consistent with its spiritual character, Assisi and its surroundings offer visitors a range of accommodations in monasteries and convents.</p><p>Read more about this region of Italy in "Shifting Gears" in the July/August 2007 issue of <em>National Geographic Traveler</em>.</p>

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Like a promised land, the medieval town of Assisi rises from an Umbrian valley. "I took this photo on a very rainy day," says photographer Aaron Huey. "Half of the Blue Marble group was still riding through a storm farther down the valley." The Monastery and Basilica of St. Francis—which contains the saint's tomb—dominate the left flank here, backdropped by the town of Assisi. Consistent with its spiritual character, Assisi and its surroundings offer visitors a range of accommodations in monasteries and convents.

Read more about this region of Italy in "Shifting Gears" in the July/August 2007 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Photograph by Aaron Huey

Umbria, Italy

See photos of Italy's Umbria region in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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