On our recent trip to Italy, we spent one hot, hot morning exploring Pompeii with three hundred million other tourists. After, we needed break from crowds and heat, so we headed towards the historic and religious town of Assisi.
As we drove towards the centre of town, the 800-year old basilica came into view. It perches on the edge of a high Umbrian hill and the rest of the town sprang up around it. When we arrived in the old town, the sun shone and the skies were blue with fluffy clouds. You'll see in later pictures that this perfect weather didn't last!
We toured the church first. No photos were allowed so I can't show you the inside, but let me tell you, this might be my favourite church in Europe. I found this You Tube video that a tourist shot in Assisi and though a bit wobbly, it does show the gorgeous interiors of the Basilica. I love the deep blue used to decorate throughout the church. As well, because it was built into a hill, it has been created on three levels - the tomb of St. Francis at the bottom, a set of chapels created for the overflow of pilgrims on the middle level, and a large glorious Gothic church above at street level.
|This was the view over the Umbrian hills from the gardens outside the church.|
After our tour of the church, we began to walk the pretty streets of the town. We had about 2 hours before we could check into our local hotel, so we meandered slowly trying to take it all in.
This is the centre of town. I love the golden stone buildings and the central fountain.
Wherever we go, we try to find a bakery so we can try the local pastries and sugary delights. We came across this shop in the side streets of Assisi. Honestly it was the giant meringues on the top row that drew me in!!
Did we buy anything? Yep. I purchased one of those head-sized meringues. I read the price sign and thought it was 3.50 Euros per cookie. Turns out it was 3.50 Euros per 100g!! I walked out of there with 12 Euros worth of meringue!
|Because my husband and I are both teachers, we are always interested to see what the local school looks like. Here is Assisi's primary school.|
|I love all the angles on this building. It looks like it has been built on several times over the centuries.|
I hope you enjoyed our walk through Assisi!
Hugs to all,
PS. I am linking up over at Packing My Suitcase for Allane's "Monday Escapes,"