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Donald Strachan is a freelance travel and technology journalist whose work appears regularly in publications worldwide, including the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, and others. He has also written several guidebooks for Frommer's Italy and Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence, and Venice 2014.
Italy’s so-called ‘green heart’ is a spiritual kind of place. St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint, once roamed its gentle hills, quiet forests, and tended olive groves. His life is celebrated in churches everywhere, but especially in the Basilica frescoes in the hill-town of his birth, Assisi. St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine monastic order, St. Clare, and St. Valentine (yes, that one) are just a few more of history’s many canonized Umbrians.