Field Trip to Assisi

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St. Frances (S. Francesco) Cathedral

Today we went to Assisi--another hill town just a couple of hours away from our school, Santa Chiara, in Castiglion Fiorentino.  This town looked very clean and bright!  The materials used for the buildings and the design of the buildings were different than those in Castiglion F.no and other places as well, including Cortona which we I visited last week and San Gimignano (the tower town).  Pink limestone is used throughout Assisi and marble, I think, is used a lot also.  The pink limestone is their signature material since its a local material found at the base of the mountains (learned that from our guided tour.

St. Clare (S. Chiara) Cathedral
. :D  )  And yes, we had another guided tour from a real tour guide!  The first guided tour we had was when we went to Florence for a day.  We were given, once again, a walkie talkie type of device to wear around our necks and a disposable ear piece that never seems to fit in our ears very well. 

So the main places we saw included St. Frances (S. Francesco) cathedral and St. Clare (S. Chiara) cathedral along with Piazza S. Chiara.  We toured the many frescos within the cathedrals and went down below in both to see St. Frances' and St. Clare's tombs.  We were not allowed to take pictures or even talk inside the cathedrals.  Our tour guide was whispering very softly while we listened through our ear pieces inside these sacred places.

Lunch!!
  In the second level of St. Frances I was pushed aside by one of the monks who was giving a tour to his own tourists.  He did this because he was trying to get to OUR tour guide to tell her that her group (us) was in the way of his tour who was also viewing the frescos. 

So, after both tours of the cathedrals we took a long hike to LUNCH!  It was a fantastic lunch.  Delicious pasta (WAY BETTER than the school's pasta), Chicken with ham and cheese melted in the middle and covered in thin sauce, yummy potatoes on the side, salad, and fruit for desert.  Great stuff!  And the BREAD was soooo SOFT!!!!  At school we never have gotten softer bread than what we had today.  I was quite content during and after that meal. ^_^

Once we finished our delightful lunch, we headed back down to Piazza S.

View from Piazza S. Chiara
Chiara and did some sketching of the view from the piazza.  It was a great view of the valley below since Assisi is high on a hill.  Since we had a couple of hours to kill before leaving, we walked around the MANY shops along Via San Francesco.  There was a great shop of wooden toys that we spent the most time in.  I bought my cat, Toby, a little toy!  (Can't wait to show it to him!) 

This was basically our trip to Assisi.  It rained just a little bit here and there.  When the sun comes in it gets pretty warm, but as soon as it goes away behind the clouds it gets so cold!  We boarded our bus and went back to our dorms.  Pretty nice trip.  I was quite disappointed when we got back to find out that the famous Gelato place, Coco Palm Gelateria, was closed AGAIN.  We think they're on a vacation right now... we haven't had that stuff in a week and we miss it!  OK, thats all for now.  See yah later!

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St. Frances (S. Francesco) Cathedr…
St. Frances (S. Francesco) Cathed…
St. Clare (S. Chiara) Cathedral
St. Clare (S. Chiara) Cathedral
Lunch!!
Lunch!!
View from Piazza S. Chiara
View from Piazza S. Chiara
Bus!
Bus!
Assisi
photo by: Vikram