By Alexandra Redisch in Assisi

It’s early Friday morning in Tornandrea, a small village close to Assisi in Umbria. The Travel Bloggers Unite conference is about to start, and the day will include photo walks and a gala reception. But we are in for a surprise – the owner of the Valle di Assisi Hotel & Resort has kindly made a helicopter available for the guests.

We’re offered a ten minute ride, three people at a time. But notice the storm clouds on the horizon? Soon, the weather takes a turn for the worse, and I’m one of the lucky few who gets the opportunity to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Assisi.

Helicopter on the ground at Valle de Assisi, Umbria

Helicopter at Valle di Assisi
It’s my first time in a helicopter

Valle di Assisi Hotel and Resort
Up, up and away! Valle di Assisi seen from above

Santa Maria delli Angeli from above
Santa Maria degli Angeli

And of course… Assisi!

Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi bird's eye view

Assisi from above

In case you’re wondering, I’ve been playing with flickr’s new photo editing toy, Aviary. Like it?
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Disclosure: My helicopter trip was generously provided by Valle di Assisi Hotel & Resort, however any reflections and opinions offered will always be mine, all mine.