Assisi Day 2

 

We walked up the hill to the Roca Maggiore and the castle which commands 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside- dating from 1200s. Quite an impressive castle to explore with some rooms with models of of people appropriately dressed from the period and weaponry. Some excellent large photos of reenactments of the past. We climbed the many spiral stairs to the to for panoramic views.

Walked down gorgeous via sante Croce to the Basilica of San Francis. The streets are beautiful, clean, flowering pots on the windows – totally picture postcard
The Basilica is huge and commanding site- there is a lower level with 2 wings of chapels and then you descend into the tomb of St Francis. Again mAny tourists- a lot wanted to touch the tomb of st Francis- there are lots of religious tourists. Then there is the superior Basilica above with frescoes of st Francis’ life by Giotto. Army presence there as was the case at the piazza del Campo in Siena.
Strolled to main square for lunchat oneof the many places. Place is very busy.
Visited The Cathedral is large and simpler than the other in Romanesque style. Then onto the archaeological museum which gave a good insight into what the area would have been like in Roman times- i.e. The temple of Minerva . Walked over old Roman pavement and saw headstones and inscriptions – interesting.
Huge antipasto platter with all sorts of things on it followed by siciliana pizza – anchovies and black olives

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