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Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 28th 2012

Geo: 43.0702, 12.6175This morning was a leisurely 2 hour drive through rolling countryside to the Hotel Dal Moro in Santa Maria degli Angeli which is close to Assisi. The hotel is quite modern even though it seems to have been put together from a couple of buildings because there are changes with various levels. There was a street market by the hotel so we were unable to access the parking until later so we headed to Assisi – about 3K. The weather is showery today – our first for the trip. Fortunately as the day progressed the weather continued to improve and we only needed the umbrella for about 10 minutes.Assisi is another pedestrian limited area so we parked at one of the modern parkades and walked and took the escalator into the main town. This ... read more
Assisi - Hotel Room
Assisi - Hotel Room
Assisi - Hotel Room

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi May 14th 2012

Geo: 43.0702, 12.6175Back in the car today. We are off to Assisi. It's pretty cold again. Assisi is the spiritual capital of Umbria. It is beautiful. St Francis of Assisi was born here and one of the most moving places I have visited is downstairs from the lower church of the Basilica di San Francesco: the crypt of St Francis where the saint's body has been laid to rest. We did some serious shopping. I bought a painting ready to go on the lounge wall at home. It's fabulous. After a very average lunch we were back in the car and on the winding road.... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi January 15th 2012

We took a train at around 10 to go to Assisi. It only took about 15 minutes to get there, and after that it was all walking. The first thing we did was go to San Damiano, which is the church that St. Francis built. After that, we had to walk all the way back up the mountain in order to get to the main city. Then we went to St. Clare's church and saw her body. After that, we went to grab lunch at a local pizzeria. They had my favorite kind of pizza! I was so happy. It's called carbonara pizza, and it has an egg right in the middle. It sounds weird, but it's delicious. After that, we went to the Basilica of St. Francis. It was beautiful. I'll definitely upload pictures :) ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi August 9th 2011

Geo: 43.0702, 12.6175DAY EIGHT (8/9) — AssisiI C, U C, We all C AssisiWe had breakfast on the patio of our hotel, surrounded by oleander and olive trees.We then visited Assisi, a well preserved medieval hill town designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its art and architecture. Assisi, of course, was the home of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and founder of the Franciscan order. It's also home to St. Clare of Assisi, Frank's good friend.We toured the Basilica di San Francesco with a guide, who took us to the lower level first, best known for having the crypt of St. Francis. Then the upper level, with its famous frescoes by Giotto, illustrating the life of the beloved saint. I got reprimanded by a security guard whose job it is to keep tourists ... read more
Basilica di San Francesco
Umbria, from the men's room at the Basilica
Residential district of Assisi's Roman area

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi June 24th 2011

After a pleasant Italian breakfast at the hotel, made more so by our delightful host, we managed a reasonably early start on our visit to Assisi. During the 10 years since we were in Italy we have often wished we had been able to spend more time in Assisi. Today we will take time to really explore the town. Getting into an underground carpark close to the town meant that the car stayed cool and so did we, for the time being. We went into the Lower Basilica first, where we quickly realised we were in a very special place. A young woman could be seen restoring one of the screened off frescoes high above the floor. What an experience to be able to put paint onto pictures that were painted centuries ago, and what a ... read more
San Damiano, Assisi
The Basilica, Assisi
Added beauty, Assisi

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi June 12th 2011

A small Italian child spit on Tyler. It was freaking adorable. The child got sprayed in the face at a water fountain and we all laughed at him so he enacted his vengeance. We sang at 12 o’clock mass at San Francesco. We walked over to rehearse singing Sicut Cervus, Ubi Caritas, I Can Tell the World, Lux Arumque, and Veni Sancte Spiritus. When we sang Lux just before the service I teared up. We sounded so good and I just felt amazing in the 4-second acoustics. The church was gorgeous and it was magical to hear our voices reverberating in the Cathedral. The mass was boring but I followed some of it and got some of the homily, not that I remember what I heard. We sang well though and it gave me time to ... read more
Enjoying a Spritz with the group
San Francesco

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi June 11th 2011

Today we headed toward Assisi, via bus. We played mafia the whole way. In essence people are secretly assigned a character one or two people act as "mafia" and kill off the villagers. The villagers then vote out who they think is mafia. In the end if more mafia remain then villagers the mafia wins. Kind of ironic that we consistantly played Mafia in Italy. I love that game, we can yell and fight and it is funny; which, is all I have ever wanted. Assisi is a town on a hill and it is gorgeous, but something feels strange. We walked to a couple of churches, the house of Saint Francis, and a citadel way above the town with a gorgeous panoramic view. It reminds me of Toledo, Spain but artificial. It is so picturesque ... read more
Assisi
St. Francis' House

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi April 15th 2011

Leaving our lovely campsite on the shores of the lake it was off to Perugia another old city dating back to around 1200ad. Arriving there we found camping car stop some 4km uphill from the historic, N 43° 09789 E 012° 38449 Deciding against the walk we found a bus, after some time and various hand gestures with a couple from a neighbouring camper van it was off to explore Perugia. We were vary glad about the bus decision as the walk would have been an absolute killer, arriving at our stop at the top of the hill we wandered the streets of Perugia for a while, not overly impressed they did have a bizarre complex of escalators for getting around from the top part of the old city to the lower levels of the new ... read more
Yellow Fields
Assisi Steps
Assisi

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi December 9th 2010

Witam po miesięcznej przerwie:) Czasem niektóre miejsca wydają się tak wyjątkowe, że aby cokolwiek napisać trzeba się przygotować. Asyż zawsze kojarzył mi się ze Św. Franciszkiem, który był ideałem ascezy oraz kochał wszystko co utworzyła natura. Umbria jako region Włoch wsławiła się wydaniem wielu świętych w tym właśnie Franciszka czy Św. Klary, patronki radia i telewizji. Mistycyzm, cisza, skupienie to cecha tego miasta. W Asyżu jest wiele kościołów. My trafiliśmy do jednego z nich. Takich kościołów w Polsce nie ma. Wokół świątyni cudowne ogrody i księża pociesznie biegający z kosiarkami czy muzyka wprowadzająca w kościelny nastrój. Następnym celem była bazylika Św. Franciszka. Podobno wchodząc do niej należy pomyśleć życzenie, które na pewno się spełni. Nigdy nie zapomnę jak trafiliśmy akurat na Polską mszę. Następnie wszysc... read more
Assisi
Assisi

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi November 4th 2010

Day 9 Spoleto-Assisi-Spoleto We took a morning train to Assisi (about 40 minutes), and then a bus up into the city. I really wanted to see the cave where St. Francis had meditated, which is about 4 kilometers outside of town, in woods that are still much the way they were in Francis’s time. We discovered that no public transportation goes out there, only taxis, of which we saw none. So….we started walking. It was a gorgeous blue sky day. The trees were brilliant colors and the olives were ready for harvest all along the road. The road however, started to climb, and I started to hitch-hike…we were both well dressed, and I thought someone might stop, even just out of curiosity, since no one hitch-hikes in Italy. And car full of twentysomethings did stop! They ... read more
Starting our walk to the cave
View from the cave complex
Inside the cave




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