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Now, if I had written Gubbio as a heading it probably would have gotten little attention yet this mediaeval rival to Asissi is just as notable and, due to its position where it's not really on a main road, you can relax and stroll around without fear of being swamped.
Historically, this town has had more ups and downs than a yo-yo. More than a dozen conquerors from Etruscan times came and went, including Romans, Lombards, Goths and Byzantines (all the usual suspects!), before the free-for-all contests (four of them) against Perugia between 1151 and 1259.
Nobles, Napoleon and nationhood were the main reasons for conflict in recent centuries until 14th September 1860 when the Italian troops of General Cadorna hoisted the national flag on the tower of Palazzo Popolo.
What about the Christmas tree I hear you ask? Well, set on the hillside above the town is the amazing sight of hundreds of lights in the shape of a classic Xmas tree. Between December 7th and January 10th you can see this bright shining spectacle for yourself.
Other attractions are the Weavers' Gallery, Palace of the Consuls, Ducal Palace, Church of St. Peter (look for the fantastic animal sculptures) and the Church of Santa Maria Nuova. The best known however is nearly at the top of Monte Ingino, the Basilica of St. Ubaldo, which you can reach by an open-car cableway or go up via the Porta S. Ubaldo.
Just outside the town on the lower side are the remains of the Roman theatre and the nearby Mausoleum of the Forty Martyrs who were slaughtered as a reprisal by the Germans on June 22nd, 1944.
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