Assisi · Italy

Up and down Mount Subasio

This morning, before most of Assisi was astir, and certainly before the schools of grockles arrived, we climbed up to Rocca Maggiore, the 12th century castle that overlooks the town.

It was a pretty steep climb.

But the views were worth the effort.

We stopped at a lovely little cafe on the way down, hidden from anyone who didn’t attempt the ascent.

And on the slow stroll back through the town we took the less-travelled north-south alleys, and met an Italian cat who couldn’t speak a meow of English.

We take the train back to Rome tomorrow morning and plan on a pleasant day of rest before flying home on Wednesday.

Arrivederci Assisi!

Assisi · Italy

Exploring Assisi

First thing after breakfast we walked down, and downhill, to the Papal Basilica of St Francis, the mother church of the Franciscan order. Being out and about early allowed us to get in and see both the upper and lower churches before the crowds. And very beautiful churches they are.

For the remainder of the day, we climbed and descended the steep streets and alleyways of this lovely little town, stopping for lunch somewhere we probably couldn’t find again. Trish’s cannelloni was baked to perfection, and my minestrone soup was delicious.

I’ll let the pictures we took speak their own thousands of words.

Assisi · Italy

Room with a view

… another well-used title, but perfect for this post.

We enjoyed Florence and, according to local lore, we’ll be back soon because Trish touched the snout of this wild boar by the leather market.

After so many coffee and croissant breakfasts, we wanted something different yesterday, so we had eggs and bacon at Café Paszkowski in the Piazza della Repubblica. It’s an historic café frequented by political activists and literary greats in the first few decades of last century,

The train from Florence to Assisi was busy but reasonably comfortable and we arrived in Assisi just after 3:00 PM. We’re in a hotel now, rather than a B&B, and our room, yes, it’s on the third floor again, has a wonderful view looking approximately south over St Peter’s Abbey. Here’s the view just before sunrise this morning.

The hotel’s restaurant is partly dug into the hillside and the view is amazing, so we ate there last night–barley and truffle soup, risotto with pears, and gnocchi with pork.

Today we explore Assisi.