I am going to have to do another post on Assisi, and tell you specifically about St Francis. For now, let me catch up with general things.
We loved our night at Valfrabbrica. Our hostess was a delight, as was the meal she cooked, and the company. Up until now we have really only mixed with the small pelegrino family we had leaving Dovadola on the Cammino di Assisi, but this night our companions were pilgrims who were walking the Cammino di San Francesco, which is the path that begins in la Verna and goes to Rome.
Because of my painful knee we decided it was safer to catch a lift to Assisi, which we did with some companions from the previous night. The road was longer than the path would have been, and after an early start we arrived at Assisi just on 9.00, with the streets still reasonably quiet. The process then began of finding the tourist office and our hotel.
Assisi is a beautiful town, set on a hill, with wonderful views out across the valley in one direction, and up narrow streets and alleys and over roof tops in the other. There are many churches here, and many sights of import in relation to the life of St Francis, which I will show in another post.
The streets, during the day, are filled with tourists, along with nuns in habits and monks in their robes mingling amongst the crowds.
The streets of Assisi are often steep, and, as in this case, a street of steps for pedestrians only.
This Church is known as the temple of Minerva
You can see the age of this building from the pitting of these pillars
We caught the bus to Perugia to pay a brief visit to this extraordinary city, set on a hill. Leaving the bus station we followed our noses, and a group of tourists who seemed to know where they were going, into what appeared to be an underground tunnel. We found ourselves at the foot of escalators and headed up, and up, and up - into an area of tunnels. We later discovered that this was actually the walls of a castle building that the Pope had instructed be built back in the middle ages.
While in Perugia we got caught in a torrential thunderstorm, arriving at the bus dripping wet! The thunder was deafening at times, and the streets were awash.
The exterior of the cathedral was never finished.
We are now walking on the Camino San Francesco. We have a different credential, the pilgrim passport which entitles us to stay in specific pilgrim accommodation, and we are approximately half way to Rome. Because we have to be in Rome by September 7th to meet Jim, Julie's husband we will have to catch the bus a few times. We will work out when and where as we go.
I will post later more on Assisi and St Francis.