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Day 11: Bolonga to Assisi to Rome

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The Church of Assisi

"I just can't wait to get on the road again."  -- Willie Nelson

It's back on the bus for a final day of touring.  We leave Bologna and head toward Assisi, a small town made famous by the founder of the Franciscans, Francis of Assisi.  We visit the church built in his honor in 1228.  It's a two storied masterpiece (representing the heavens and earth).  The frescoes inside retell the story of St. Francis's life.  In 1997 an earthquake rocked the region and destroyed much of the church.  Workers rebuilt it though, and it was completed on Feb. 14, 2000.  (A side note:  St. Valentine was the patron saint of lovers because he was the first priest to marry a pagan to a Christian).

Our group says ciao to Italy.
  St. Francis, whom this church honors, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the region.  He lived lavishly, joined the army, got captured by the enemy was ransomed back home.  He felt guilty for his past excesses and decided to live like Christ.  He abandoned his family and wealth and lived amongst the animals (he's the patron saint of animals) until his death in his early 30s. 

We end our day and our tour back in Rome.  We have a lovely farewell group dinner at a local restaurant.  it is a delicious three-course meal with wine and bread.  Our first course is a very tasty pesto pasta, second course is grilled tuna with salad and potatoes and dessert is berry cobbler.  I'm not sure how Italians can get away with eating so much food all the time.  We are also treated to some singing by two local opera singers.  They perform for us while a slideshow of the city plays in the background.  It is a beautiful, fun wrap-up to our whirlwind vacation. 

Tonight we stay near the airport and very early the next morning (the 4th of July) we head back home to the States. 

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The Church of Assisi
The Church of Assisi
Our group says ciao to Italy.
Our group says ciao to Italy.
Contemplating life in Assisi.
Contemplating life in Assisi.
1,588 km (987 miles) traveled
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