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Before opening Valley Ridge Roofing and Construction, Randy Eastburg operated a successful auto dealer for more than 10 years. In his vacation time, Randy Eastburg is an avid traveler who has visited Italy.

Italy gained prominence as a cultural center for art in the middle ages. Many cities were constructed or expanded during this period, and many retain their medieval charm to this day. The most beautiful medieval cities in Italy include:

Soncino. This town in Northern Italy, just outside of Milan, dates back to the 14th century and is known for its fortified castle, the Rocca Sforzesca. The city was also the home of a prominent printing family, the Soncinos, who printed the first complete Hebrew Bible in 1488.

Florence. While Florence was established in Roman times, it flourished in the middle ages as the power base of the famed Medici family. Many of Florence’s iconic buildings, including the Duomo and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, were constructed in the medieval period.

Assisi. The birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi was a religious center in the middle ages. The Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Claire are filled with frescos by the famed medieval artist Giotto and his apprentices.

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