May 2015: Back to Assisi

 Our visit to Assisi last year was just a taster as part of our tour of Umbria, though it has to be said we did manage to pack a lot in our day there. When we left  we knew we had to come back, and so we have. It's a fairly straightforward journey from the U.K.: direct daily flights from Stansted to Perugia airport by Ryanair (yes, I know, but it turned out to be absolutely fine) and a taxi ride (fixed prices) to Assisi. We opted for the week after the Calendimaggio festival which was probably a wise move as the town was relatively quiet. 
  Much time was spent in the Basilica, with a chance for a really good look at all those chapels in the lower church, and a visit to the excellent museum. I'll be adding new material to my 'Art in Context' pages on the Basilica in due course. We did again the beautiful walk down to San Damiano - in places you think you are walking through a van Gogh painting! - and spent a morning out of town at Santa Maria degli Angeli.
  Perhaps the greatest pleasure in Assisi is simply wandering round its streets, though up and down might be more appropriate in this hill town. We revisited, of course, the church of Santa Chiara and the Duomo of San Rufino, but found also a number of quiet little churches tucked away off the tourist trail. I'll try and include some of these in another Art in Context  piece: meanwhile, here are a few photographs to whet your appetite for Assisi!

Basilica de San Francesco

The Way to San Damiano

San Damiano

The Porziuncola, Santa Maria degli Angeli

Statue of St Francis in Santa Maria degli Angeli; yes, the bird is real!

Cross of San Damiano in  Santa Chiara

Detached fresco in Santa Maria Maggiore

San Pietro

San Francesco Piccolino - the reputed site of the birth of St Francis

Previous blogs:

March 2015: Cologne and Aachen.

October 2014: The Sistine Chapel - in Worthing!

October 2014: Relics and the like

September 2014: Puglia

July 2014: Nether Wallop

April 2014: The World's best portraits?

April 2014: Umbria - is it really Giotto?

March 2014: Fake or Fortune


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