”A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” – Francis of Assisi


Travelling from Burano to Assisi, the scenery was simply breathtaking. Glad we were awake the whole time to experience it all.

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Assisi is a small town in Central Umbria. It is a UNESCO Heritage site for its magnificent medieval architecture and for being the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi. It is a popular destination for pilgrims who wanted to see where Saint Francis lived and died.

The entrance is shaped in Gothic style, with gorgeous rose window above it.

Side entrance to the lower basilica

The other sides of the facade of the Basilica.

This is the interior of the Upper Church papal altar with frescoes

St Francis of Assisi devoted his life to the poor. He was a son of a wealthy Umbrian merchant, but he rejected his comfortable life to help the poor.

St Francis died in 1226 and became a saint two years later.

The body of St Francis was placed in a bronze urn and buried in a stone crypt in the Lower. Church of the basilica.

The Porta San Pietro is an old gate in the walled city of Assisi. It is worthy to take photos from both the front and the back of it.

This is a nice street to walk through, between the center of town and the basilica. It has shops, restaurants, businesses, and presumably homes. We didn’t go far because as per usual we didn’t have enough time. Still… we had coffee, a look around and a bit of a rest which showed us a good slice of Assisi.

In the middle of the main street of Assisi is a lavender shop. It was so cool to look at because of its colour, its scent and all the lovely little memorabilia that you can buy. They even had a Lavender gelato which unfortunately we weren’t able to taste.


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  1. Toonsarah says:

    I’m still in awe of how much you managed to pack into this tour and how well you remember it all! I’ve seen Assisi from a nearby hillside but not yet got around to visiting the town – one day I hope. But I have been in a lavender shop very like that one in Gubbio, another wonderful Umbrian town. I bought some lovely soap for myself and little lace lavender bags for my mother-in-law, if I remember rightly 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      OMG I don’t think I can do that kind of tour anymore. But at that time My hubby and I didn’t even feel,
      tired, i guess because of all the excitement. And that is why I am putting it all down in here like a journal so that I won’t forget. Thanks for the visit Sarah!

  2. Dora says:

    Love the way you captured the medieval aura of Assisi and the landscape photos put it all in perspective.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Dora. There’s a certain feeling of calmness amidst the number of tourists when you walk on the streets of Assisi. And the countryside is just magical. Thanks Dora…appreciate you stopping by!

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