Francesco Gardenghi’s Racconto Italiano class visted Perugia’s main library last afternoon, Biblioteca Augusta. You might not think a library is exciting but this library is more like a museum. Its archives include parchment rolls that date back to 800 A.C. and maps from the 1500s. There are also books which contain business codes of conduct from medieval times as well as the first biographies of Saint Francis of Assisi. This is just one of the many advantages of studying abroad in Italy: you can see history books that you probably didn’t even study or read about in your history books! And if that’s not enough to impress you, all you have to do is step outside of the library to see one of the most stunning views of the Umbrian hillside that will surely boggle your mind.