Assisi

Assisi Travel Blog

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Assisi is only a 20 - 30 minute drive away from the hotel.   We encountered a traffic jam on the freeway but it was easy enough to take the Bastia exit and drive through town towards our goal.   This might have been for the best because after leaving Bastia one has an view of the basilica's grand walls perched on the mountain side overlooking the countryside below.

We parked close to the basilica and there were a ton of tour buses in evidence bringing pilgrims from around the world to see St. Francis' birthplace and his tomb.   We spent a good while touring the Basilica of San Francesco and because we didn't do our homework beforehand were pleasantly surprised to find that the basilica had an upper and lower level.
Basilica courtyard
  The lower level contains all the chapels and has the entrance to St. Francis' tomb and the upper level is decorated with murals and is most impressive.

The town has a lot of gift shops.  Michael was disappointed to find that the plaques cost a lot more here than in San Marino.  They just kept getting more expensive so if you are dying for a plaque with small shield and swords buy it in San Marino!!  The town is touristy but very beautiful.  I enjoyed seeing the original Roman columns from the Temple of Minerva. 

When we drive home it's time to do the rest of our laundry.  We go back to the small laundromat that Michiyo discovered.  We ordered sandwiches and drinks next door at a snack bar.  One of the girls behind the counter seemed put out that we couldn't speak Italian but her friend saved the day and thought our attempts at communicating were funny.   We had an enjoyable snack time in there (no one felt like a big dinner) while we waited for our washing and drying to finish.  The nice girl even bought over a free plate of bruschetta and other small sandwiches.

 
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Basilica courtyard
Basilica courtyard
Columns from the Tempio di Minerva
Columns from the Tempio di Minerva
Lovely house in Assisi
Lovely house in Assisi
Assisi
photo by: Vikram