Blogs from Assisi, Umbria, Italy, Europe - page 4


Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi April 16th 2009

Easter Monday dawned fine again, it’s been 9 days since we had any rain and the weather has been great. There was a queue to leave the campsite again but that was ok, they even refunded our unused bus tickets - bonus! The drive to Passignano was only another 80km and we had managed to successfully avoid toll roads since Pisa, a decision we had consciously made to try and enable us to see more of the countryside. The drawback is that the roads are nowhere near as well maintained even though a lot of them are still motorways. It was worthwhile trying to dodge the poorly repaired sections as they tended to rattle the bones a bit. We drove out of Tuscany and into Umbria but the landscape didn’t change much, a few more green ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi March 25th 2009

Last week was spent in Assisi, Perugia, Norcia, and Campi. That's the main reason why I haven't had time to update. Besides the small vacation, we also had an Art and History final today and a paper due today as well. Assisi was great! We made it to the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Claire on the first day. We also got to see the birthplace of St. Francis. It was nice to finally get to learn about the basilica of St. Francis, because on my last trip I didn't learn much about it. The people who work there are REALLY strict and shh you the whole time, so it's nearly impossible for anyone to explain anything in the church. However, this trip, our professor had us all rent headsets and he spoke into a ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi February 7th 2009

Hello from Assisi. This morning we woke up early at around 7:45, boarded a train, and traveled 3 hrs by bus to a small town north east of Rome called Assisi. The town was much quieter then 2 years ago when I went during the summer of 2006 when it was tourist season. This time the pictures were easier to snap without getting random people and everything seemed more tranquil. Our tour guide was excellent and we learned a great deal about the history of Saint Francis of Assisi who gave up his noble life to live with the poor and preach the word of God. The tour guide showed us around the Basilica of S. Francesco filled with wonderful paintings, arches, and statues. No pictures allowed inside so you wont see any posted. Sorry guys. ... read more
Basilica S. Francesco
Basilica S. Chiara

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi February 6th 2009

So I had to wake up at 7 to prepare for the weekend trip to Assisi! All the IES students looked groggy as we waited to board the bus, on which I immediately passed out and woke up in the beautiful town of Assisi. The town was very quiet compared to when I last visited, probably due to the fact that right now isn’t a very big time for tourists to visit. We went on a tour of the churches - St. Francesco Basilica and St. Chiara Basilica - in Assisi. Our tour guide was very nice and a lot more informative than the previous tour I was on two years ago. I learned about the life of Saint Francis and how he devoted it to helping the poor and giving up all his riches to ... read more
View of Umbria
Building in Assisi with a wooden cross on it
Outside of St. Francis Basilica

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi September 16th 2008

It rained overnight and Saturday started as a grey morning. We had a deadline of 9:00 am to return the hirecar to the local airport, so that was the focus of our morning. We were on our way, following the instructions dictated by the GPS. "recalculating...."oops, not again. Sometimes the most direct route is the tiniest of back streets. Roadblock. "recalculating....." silence. then more silence. "sorry, can't calculate new route..." blank screen. blank screen and silence. bugger, look for signs. Yes, the airport! all good, hand the keys back and no more driving for a while. Now all we have to do is get back to Perugia and then the bus to Assisi. The buses are slow, but don't you get to see a lot of the local scenery. As we debussed at the city gates ... read more
cathedral at Assisi
Umbrian countryside from Assisi

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi September 7th 2008

On Saturday I had my first trip outside Perugia. I went with about 9 other people to Assisi, a town about 25 minutes east of Perugia by train. We left Perugia at 10:30am from the Train station. It was really easy to get on the train and go. All we had to do was buy tickets at the electronic booth and then validate them before we got on the train. The train was pretty comfortable and was really quick and the tickets only cost about 5 euro roundtrip. In Assisi I saw Il Basilico da San Rufino, Rocca Maggiore (a castle), and Il Basilico da San Francesco. The Basilicas were amazing! Inside there were frescos that had been painted several hundred years ago, tombs of Saints, and beautiful religious statues. For any that know me really ... read more
Olive Trees

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi August 14th 2008

Good Lawd I'm in Heaven!!!!! Benvenuto alla terra dei tartufi !!!!!!!!!! Welcome to the land of truffles!!!!! Woooo Black Truffles!!! With my hearts desire I embrace Umbria for all it holds. Have you ever eaten with your eyes closed? It is a Must-Do in Umbria! A comment about the following photos-- I'm not religious, I'm not one for pomp & circumstance. I am however Christian, as I feel I would be a right fool not to leave the door open to possibility. How would one explain @ the end of time "I just couldn't 'go' for it". Ignorance. Ego. Foolhardy. For me, science & "something else" can go hand in hand. I've had my own experiences, I cannot explain. I have left the door open for good reason. I take literally thousands of photos of churches. ... read more
The statue
View of the right side of façade
Chapel of St. John the Baptist

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi August 9th 2008

Bon Giorno! You see I'm getting native now. I love Assisi. Leaving Termini Roma was a bit of a nightmare - well just a combination of heat, late trains, no sanctuary from the maddening crowds and an ever more heavy back pack - not that I've taken on more cargo, it just feels heavier each time I pick it up. Anyway I managed to get the train and change at Foligno - luckily my connection was late too. I was sitting next to a mother with a sweet little child on her lap and she told him this long story and sang him to sleep and me as well, I found myself lulled into a nice slumber. I woke up a bit later to lovely hilly Italian country side with those pointy trees and olive groves. ... read more
View from s. Chiara
View from my room
S. Francis

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi July 19th 2008

Heres some pics from Assisi. If you ever plan to go there, dont stay more than a day. The town is very beautiful, theres just not much to see.... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi July 9th 2008

July 9th, 2008 Meandering our way to Assisi - in the heart of Umbria - I realized that we would pass Modena...which made me think of Ferrari...which led me to Maranello, the home of Ferrari. We stopped in at the museum, which was very cool, and then swung over by the track and the factory, where I managed to snap a couple shots, even capturing a high-speed run of the Ferrari around the track. Now, I can't tell you which model it is...but damn, that engine sound is so sweet. Upon leaving the museum, a roadster had parked next to me in the other handicapped parking spot. It was a Wieseman, and I've never seen one. I snapped a few quick shots, and grandmother drooled. She fell in love with it. I honestly thought she might ... read more

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