Travels in Italy: Umbria – Assisi (May 23, 2015)

View of Perugia Landscape from Mt. Subasio

Umbria is a region of Italy that was founded by the Etruscans. Perugia, one of the cities in the region, is known for their chocolate.

Map of Umbria, Italy

Map of Umbria, Italy

Attractions:

  • Basilica de San Francesco
  • Church of Santa Chiara

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

Assisi, Italy

Assisi is the home of Saint Francis, who founded the strict Franciscan order devoted to God and helping the poor and sick.

San Francesco (St. Francis) of Assisi

The medieval town and Basilica de San Francesco are located at the peak of the serene Mount Subaso, presenting a splendid view of the rolling greenery of the valley below. The day we visited the weather was rainy. We followed our tour guide, Giuseppe, up the slope into the basilica.

San Francesco Basilica

San Francesco Basilica

San Francesco Basilica

Inside we admired the frescoes painted by Giotto, who depicted the life of the saint through his trials until his death. The basilica is built over the tomb of the saint.

View of San Francesco Basilica at Night

View of San Francesco Basilica at Night

At night, the scenery is calm and serene. One can take a pleasant stroll through the cobbled streets and enjoy the night air. We did stop at a café, where we tried a selection of cannoli and gelati at the Gran Caffe.

Gran Cafe

Afterwards, we marveled at the Church of Santa Chiara. Santa Chiara (Saint Clare) was a protege and follower of St. Francis.

Assisi, Italy

Since the hotel is located in the suburbs (5-10 minutes away from the town), we had to take a taxi back into town. The cost is about 15 euros one-way.

References

Italy Guides. (n.d.). Upper Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Retrieved from http://www.italyguides.it/en/umbria/assisi/basilica-of-st-francis-of-assisi/upper-basilica-of-san-francesco-d-assisi-interior

Sacred Destinations. (n.d.). Basilica di San Francesco. Retrieved from http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy/assisi-san-francesco

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