Adventures in Assisi

March 3, 2012 - I decided not to look up anything about Assisi before boarding the train, so that everything I saw would be a complete surprise and adventure. That's the way to do it.

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When we arrived in the Assisi train station, we looked out at the medieval city up on the afar hills. The castle on top seemed so high and far away that we had some doubts about reaching it, at first. There was one desolate road that went towards that city, so we started walking, unsure of exactly how long and direct this journey would be.

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...It was a beautiful walk.

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(Photo credit: Heather Ayvazian) As we entered this medieval city, every winding layer of road we climbed only became more and more impressive. I kind of felt like I was climbing up the city of Gondor, except with an atmosphere of warmth instead of gloom.

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This was my first visit to a Tuscan countryside area, and it truly was picturesque.

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I love Italy ๐Ÿ™‚

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As we approached the top of the hills, we ventured off a main road and through a dirt pathway that lead us through the woods and up to the castle. Along the way, I spotted so many intriguing encounters, like this.

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STORM THE CASTLE!

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Feeling on top of the world.

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Rocco Maggiore

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oh hai there ๐Ÿ˜€

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Rob the Majestic

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I love feeling like I'm in Robin Hood...

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Basilica Papale di San Francesco

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...The most incredible sunset I've ever seen.

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And that concludes my adventures in Assisi...

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6 comments on “Adventures in Assisi

  1. Mom says:

    I can’t believe the whole castle-on-a-hill thing, and how Gondor and castles depicted in other films look just like that in terms of the setup of the city, with the castle at the very top, and winding streets leading up to it where all the king or queenโ€™s subjects lived. Itโ€™s absolutely incredible to see that kind of history with your own eyes. We only see it in movies otherwise. We think the house George Washington slept in is old because it was build 200+ years ago, and there you are walking in buildings that were built thousands of years ago. Itโ€™s really hard to grasp how old that is, and itโ€™s really hard to comprehend that people are still using those buildings, if not living in them. All I can say is WOW!

  2. Nana says:

    I remember seeing castles like that when I was there, and it really is incredible. It wasn’t Assissi, but no matter where, they are all impressive. Think of the years it took to build them. Incredible.

  3. Danny says:

    I loved the approach of not researching this place before visiting — would be so hard for me to do though ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful photos of such an incredible place.

    • Liz J says:

      Thank you! And yes, it was a new approach for me as well, but well-worth it! Go in with no expectations, and you’ll be blown away no matter what ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Aunt Rose and Uncle Louis says:

    Your photos are beautiful! It looks like it’s getting warmer and greener there.

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