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Hometown of St Francis (Francesco)

sunny 33 °C


It took 2.5 hours to get to Assisi by train. It left like a really long trip, but i think it's because we are slightly worn out from travelling every 2nd day especially when we spent majority of the time on buses or trains getting there and back :( But Assisi was well worth the visit. It is our favourite town that we have visited so far- very peaceful and clean. And very spiritual..

Only 3500 people live in the old town of Assisi. Majority of people you see here are tourist. Many of which are pilgrims who come here to trace St Francis and his female counterpart St Clare's footsteps. Unfortunately neither of us are religious so it didn't really impact us that much, but the architecture and Umbrian view here was amazing :)

Did you know?
Los Angeles is named after St Mary's of Angels church (Santa Maria degli Angeli) in Assisi where St Francis lived after he founded the Franciscan Order and where he consecrated St Clare as a Bride of Christ...
San Francisco is named after St Francis (Francesco) himself...
Santa Clara is named after St Clare...

Michelle & Blake in Assisi

Check out the views

Basilica of St Francis (Basilica di San Francesco)

Unfortunately no photos were allowed inside the church. But anyway, St Francis's tomb is in here.. Yupe we saw it :) Apparently they buried his body secretly while the basilica was being built, and 600 years later they forgot where they hid it, but they did eventually find it.

Basilica of St Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara)

St Francis's female counterpart. She founded the Order of the Poor Clares. Clare was 18 when she fell in love with Francis's message. Both Francis and Clare came from relatively wealthy families but chose to live the simple life. All the women that had followed or joined Clare's 'group' are known as the Poor Clares.
Don't worry i ain't running off to be vegetarian or confine myself to meditation and praying just yet.. Who knows one day.. Maybe Blake will join the Franciscan brotherhood (he was very fascinated by the brotherhood brown monk robes) and i'll join the Poor Clares, we both get to live in 'mansions' and we can live happily ever after..:) :)

Olive grove of the Poor Clares. There have been planted here since the 13th century

Temple of Minerva

Built by the Romans..

Walking down a typical Assisi street

Blake drinking out of an adequct that goes back to Roman times- water from a mountain spring

Rocciata- traditional raisin-apple- strudel. It also has almonds and walnuts in it. It is very sweet and dry, the pastry is like a biscuit. Apple strudel from Corica tastes way better than this

We decided to try the Florentine steak one more time before we leave Florence. This one weighed in at 1.3kgs. We felt... quite sick after :( But it was very yum though (Paulyn: i'm sure it can't compare to your 90 days aged meat!! But u'll enjoy this one too).

That is the end of our stay in Florence for now.. We will be back in a few weeks..

Next stop Venice :) :)

xoxo M&B

Posted by blake-michelle 04:27 Archived in Italy

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