Day 12 - morning
Goodbye Venice….and on with the show! This morning we skirted the Venetian Lagoon and crossed two of Italy's most important rivers, the Adige and Po before making a brief stop in Classe, a town near the city of Ravenna.
We were given a one hour of leisure time to visit the Basilica of St. Apollinaris better known for its dazzling mosaics. The imposing brick structure was erected at the beginning of the 6th
century and is today on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Michel and I must have stayed inside the church for a good ten minutes or so taking pictures of the gorgeous mosaics and imposing marble columns before deciding afterwards to leave and just walk around the exterior grounds. It was a beautiful sunny morning and it felt terribly good to do so. Looking at the church’s bell tower, it reminded me of Pisa! It was leaning!
A huge statue of Augustus Caesar, adopted son of Julius Caesar stood nearby. He was adopted as an adult by Caesar who had no male heir. According to history, Augustus ruled an empire that marked the beginning of nearly 200 years of peace making him a great emperor! Interesting facts! Well, what more can I say except that I had my picture taken right next to the statue!
A restaurant was located right across from the church. Ernesta had showed us where the loos where and where we could have a bite to eat or something to drink if we wished to do so while waiting for the others. We decided not to stay put and instead, enjoyed the views of the small town by wandering around the streets close by.
Moving on, the scenery definitely changed drastically as we drove through the wild Apennines. This definitely kept me occupied for a while because since I wanted to see as much as I could of those humungous mountains and since there was a vacant seat on the bus right next to mine, well, what do you think I did! I constantly kept changing seat from right to left! I didn’t want to miss anything of those beautiful landscapes that kept appearing on both sides of the road.
And then without realizing it, the morning had passed and we had reached our destination. We were now in Assisi, a stone built hill-town, home of St. Francis! It was 1:00pm.Monique :-)