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The clouds cleared up for our last morning in Siena, allowing the Tuscan sun to shine through for our drive to Assisi.
Assisi is the heart of the Umbrian wine region and the place where Italy's patron saint, Saint Francis, was born, lived and died. Needless to say, it attracts both wine lovers and those on a Christian pilgrimage. Assisi is …
On this Easter weekend, the greatest 'x factor' was perhaps knowing what was going to be open when, and knowing we had groceries to get us through. We did not know how much of 'lock down' Easter would have on a smaller town. In the end, Spoletto seems to be a popular tourist destination for Italian tourist on Easter weekend. There were many Italians with maps and tour books looking as confused as we did when we first arrived. For Lachlan, the greatest 'x factor' ...
... business in Assisi. That being said, it seems like many of the hill towns, the Renaissance largely skipped Assisi and this medieval walled city made for an excellent day trip.
We started at the Basilica di San Francesco, a grand frescoed which two levels down contains the crypt containing the remains of St. Francis. The kids have been quite fascinated with the crypts found in churches. Imagining what the big stone tombs contain ...
... of San Rufino, which is named for Assisi's patron saint who was the town's first bishop. We marveled at the medieval architecture--various elevations of arches, tunnels and cobbled streets that look like a movie set! We saw the Basilica of St. Clare who was a devoted follower of Francis. We viewed the Roman Temple of Minerva which was converted to a Christian Church in the ninth century. We loved ...
... up by some homework time, a walk up to a local park to run, climb and play frisbee. We walked around the old city wall in search of the local video store. On the way we ran into a line of about 50 Pine processionary catepillars (we looked them up when we got home). They were walking head-to-toe in a solid line. Graham tried to persuade them to move back away from the roadway with his foot. As the leader veered right so to did the one behind him, then the other, then the other, and ...