Subject: RE: Lodging in Umbria or the Marches

> any thoughts on places to stay or things to see near Gubbio, Assissi, or

If you have access to a car, there are some fabulous caves in that area. They are called the Grotte (caves) di Frasassi, and are located off the Ancona - Rome superstrada (toll-free highway), about 50 kms in the direction of Rome.

To get an idea of what they're like, you can see some pictures of them at Click on the le grotte link.

You can only visit the caves by guided tour (approx. 45 minutes); no one is allowed in on their own. They give tours all day long, except between 12:30 and 3:00, when they're closed for lunch.

In the summer of 1982, I was a tour guide in central Italy, and brought a group of tourists to the caves every week. I never got tired of seeing them!

Laurie in Mexico City (formerly from Rome)