Assisi – Days 9-10

It’s hard to believe we’ve left Florence, and have been in Assisi for almost two days! We arrived in the lower part of the city, and met up with our guide, Priscilla. We had a short walk to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels. Inside was the porziuncola, with slits in the walls. Legend states these slits were for lepers, so they could see inside and feel like they were part of the service. We weren’t able to take pictures inside, and it’s impossible to describe the beautifully rustic and antiquated the interior. Inside was the Chapel of Transition, where St. Francis died, a rose garden, and a hut where St. Francis possibly lived. We then drove up to the old part of Assisi, and ascended the hill to the Basilica of St. Clare. We had a quick lunch before our tour, and saw St. Clare’s resting place. We then proceeded down through the city to the Basilica of St. Francis, viewed the crypt of St. Francis, and learned about the symbolism in the paintings throughout. There was a power outage at the hotel we were supposed to stay at in the upper city, so we took a little time to find our new hotel, outside the lower city. We then drove to the vineyard for wine tasting and dinner. We returned to the hotel, to discover we were all staying in quaint, rustic little villas on the property. Sunday was spent completely on our own – some attended mass, some went shopping and hiking, and some just relaxed and rode bicycles around the villas. Kudos to Hans and our group leaders for handling the hotel change, and arranging a shuttle schedule so we could all get back to the old part of town today! After a group dinner this evening, we will spend our last night in the villas, and then it’s off to Orvieto and Rome tomorrow!

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