Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Assisi - In the Footsteps of St. Francis

A beautiful town in the Umbria region of Italy.  This the birthplace of
St.Francis of Assisi, founder of the men's Franciscan Order, the women's
Order of St.Clare, patron saint of animals and the environment, and one
of the two patron saints of Italy.   Along with the Basilica and churches,
Assisi has shops and restaurants to interest everyone.  The women in our
group had a shoe shopping safari.  We took advantage of our location and
took side trips to Perugia and Urbino.

Like many ancient Italian towns, Assisi is built on a hilltop (or is that
mountain top). If you should visit, be prepared to walk up into town from
one of the public parking lots.  Cars and buses are not allowed in the historic
town except for a few taxis.  You can walk along side one of the monks that
are commonly seen in town or one of those amazing elderly Italian women
who have been hiking up and down Assisi streets all their lives.

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