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Assisi

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day6

    I thought Assisi was Francis' surname. This is his home town, though is roman era old. It has both ornate and simple churches. It has outwardly religious people, bars, and bowmen. It seeks what Francis longed for, that all creation knows it lives under the deep and unstoppable grace of God.

    Parked in a dedicated motorhome site near Santa Maria degli Angeli, and ten minute bus ride up to Assisi. Walked from the basilica up to the top of the town, then back down again. Highlight was the next morning between at 8.15 til 9. We returned to the St Francis' basilica. Too early for Italy. Helen and I had the whole of St Francis basilica virtually to ourselves.
    Now on to Firenze, Florence.
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  • Day43

    Buon Natale from Assisi

    December 25, 2017 in Italy

    Merry Christmas !!!!

    Christmas in Assisi is just amazing!! In the spirit of the occasion, we had a Christmas tree made by Kai.

    A tiny bit of trivia: San Franceso started the first nativity scene in 1224 called here as a Presepe. There are lots of Presepes on display here, in homes, on sidewalks, on doors and life sized ones that fill up an entire living space or sprawled in gardens and courtyards.

    We did a Christmas hike up to Chiesa Eremo della Carceri where San Francesco had a hermitage. Didn't get to light a candle last night as there were too many people at the Basilica so we lit a candle at the hermitage instead for all family and friends in mind.

    Ascended 1500m, approximately 4 km in 2 hours and descended in 36 min. Ruby hiked to nearly 3000m and I am happy to report that her lungs were ok. We climbed a equivalent of 130 floors. Total of 7.59km.
    We arrived at the most tranquil and serene retreat.

    As we were back in Assisi, lo and behold we had monk carollers with Father Christmonks singing and dancing to Italian hymns and other carols.

    Finally the awesome foursome were all given a special present when we bought socks from a market in Siena. So we had to wear our present on Christmas day, hence the yellow socks.
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  • Day9

    Assisi

    September 11, 2017 in Italy

    We did not take many pictures here. We spent most of our free time looking for the church that has the cross from which Christ spoke to Francis. I lived here for a year 35 years ago and I wanted to share this church with Mary. Of course it was not the church that has such salient memories for me but rather the experience of Vesper services held there each evening. It was standing room only with easily 300 people attending every evening. The service consisted of singing and while I never knew the words, the melody was pleasing and I could hum along. I remember feeling waves of loving emotion that brought me to tears with each occurrence. It would subside then build again. It was the only time I felt close to Christianity as a living faith.

    I chose Assisi so that I could participate with a group from Ananda -- followers of Swami Yogananda -- who had an ashram there. I felt then as now that this place has loving energy flowing through it. I also understand that Swami Vivekanada visited Assisi but can't find any quotes that expressed his impressions. Maybe some of my Vedanta friends can contribute them in the comments section.

    Though we never found the church I was able to identify the house I lived in back then. It is on a hill overlooking the back side of the Basilica. It is actually visible in one of the pictures I've attached to this posting though just a speck the distance.
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  • Day9

    The hermitage of St. Francis

    September 11, 2017 in Italy

    Cloudy but not much rain. We've learned that parts of Italy had flooding, loss of power and loss of life -- seen from that perspective, our yesterday experience was not really that bad. We found out that this was the first time in ten years that rain forced the cancellation of the walking part of a tour. I can verify that the footing can be treacherous and slippery on the paths so I'm glad they were being careful. We did tour St. Francis Hermitage, got a very good guided tour of the Basilica, and spent time walking around the city.

    Since I am limited to 6 photos in each post I will focus on the Hermitage in this one and add a second one for Assisi.

    Francis had the option to become a wealthy silk merchant through inheritance. Initially it looked like this would be his path. He led a high-spirited life and fought as a soldier for Assisi against the neighboring power of Perugia. But beginning in 1204 he had a series of visions that directed him to "Save the church". At first he thought the task was physical and began working on a small chapel in the valley. Latter he realized his task was more universal. Embracing poverty he and his small band of followers selected this site to contemplate in peace and serenity.
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  • Day43

    Precepes

    December 25, 2017 in Italy

    Just some photos of the different sorts of nativity scenes around the places we've visited.

  • Day16

    Za Františkem do Assisi

    August 8, 2017 in Italy

    Assisi je prý stále takové, jaké ho kdysi viděl sám František. 😱 Těžko říci. 😊 My můžeme potvrdit, že je to malebné městečko s překrásnou basilikou, ve které je František pohřben. Zároveň se jedná o významné poutní místo a (možná i proto) je vstup do basiliky zdarma.

  • Day1

    Arrival in Perugia

    May 30, 2017 in Italy

    We flew from Stansted to Perugia where Jacqui & Rob were waiting for us. They suggested a visit to Assisi, which is nearby before going to their villa near Siena. Assisi is a nice hilltop town , typical of the region, with a main square where we had a very good lunch, and we went to see the rather peculiar double cathedral of St Francis. There are two churches, one on top of the other. Both are covered with murals dating back to 1317, and downstairs is a crypt rather plainer, with the tomb of St Francis. On the way from Assisi to Siena we stopped at a lakeside and had some really good icecream! Their house is a three-story villa on a hillside with views of Siena in the distance, and surrounded with a parcel of land growing trees such as olives, cherries, apples, pears, figs and plums.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Assisi, Асизи, Asizo, Asís, Assise, Asís - Assisi, אסיזי, アッシジ, Asisium, Asyż, Assis, Ассизи

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