St Francis Piccolino
Local lore has it that St Francis was born here in this humble house, said to have once been a stable for horses and donkeys. Of course he had no birth certificate, so who knows? Anyway, this is a place revered by all true believers, and a must-see for anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of the saint. The place was consecrated, and the arch added, in the late 13th century. Today, it's tiny church belonging to the Friars Minor.
Basilica di Santa Chiara
The Basilica di Santa Chiara is an example of Italian Gothic architecture and is the burial place of St Clare - Francis's companion and the founder of the Poor Clares (an order of nuns). One of it's chapels contains the famous San Damiano Crucifix that is said to have bowed it's head and ordered Francis to "Repair God's church".
Day Trip to Assisi
Nicely located in the hills of the Umbria Region in Northern Italy is Assisi. Being the last stop of our tour package, I was a little beat, and started to miss home a little bit! *LOL* But it all gone like bats outta hell looking at the beautiful town perched on the hills from the main highway.
Assisi is St. Francis' hometown. That's all I've to say of this great saint, or I'll have to repeat what the bible says! *LOL*
Note: My tour made stops to Rome, Pisa, Florence, Milan, Venice & finally Assisi. (Back to Rome again for a costumed dinner party, before flying back to KL)
"Stone Houses in Assisi"
I was caught by surprise with what Assisi has to offer. To tell you the truth, if it wasn't because it's part of the stops on my tour package, I wouldn't have come here. But after a couple of hours in Assisi, I walked away wishing I could have stayed there longer, perhaps another night or two.
"Thrown Back in Time"
Unlike Venice and other more popular spots, there is a homely, down the countryside ambience in Assisi. Walking in the streets of Assisi, flanked by old stone houses, you couldn't help feeling being thrown back in time, as if you are going to bump onto the great Saint himself at the next corner.
My time here is very limited, only manage to wander around the square and a quick tour of the basillica. Bummer.