This is a long walk downhill - longer walking back up - or so it seems. Probably a good mile and a half down to San Damiano from the main street in Upper Assisi. It is well worth the trek - you will walk truly in the steps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare through the uncluttered, natural green Assisi countryside. With olive groves and the only inhabitants - the birds, rabbits and a few other critters - a step back in time. What is most moving about this walk is the lack of movement - the serenity - the silence, and the sense of timelessness that one feels going from the village to this church, more than one kilometre away from the Basilica of San Francesco. Perhaps that we linger and stop many times along the way, the distance seems to be much longer.
In 1212 Clara Sciffi, a girl from a noble family of Assisi, left her family to join Francis. With his encouragement she founded a sisterhood at San Damiano, the Poor Ladies, later the Poor Clares. Enjoy photos of the small courtyard of San Damiano.
The church of San Damiano does not have a great importance under the artistic point of view, especially if you compare it with some of the basilicas of Assisi, however it is a place that is a critical link in the history of both Saint Francis and Santa Clare. Saint Francis hid himself from his father who was obstructing his monastic choice in the cave under the edifice.
Photo 2 - the refrectory where Saint Clare and the nuns ate their meals.
There are few casual tourists here - RIETI is a destination for pilgrims who yearn to experience the legends of Saint Francis. While acceptance of the legends is obligatory upon none, the miracle now might lie in the regard and devotion which marks this path of goodness with shrines - grottos which have drawn pilgrims since the early days of Saint Francis nearly 800 years ago.
Fonte Colombo is today as it was 800 years ago, only a very small church has been added in the front - the stone pathways - the cave where St Francis wrote the Canticle - the stone chapel - the mountain paths - all were built and tread by the Saint.
This secret jewel in the Franciscan crown has always been dimmed by the notoriety of Assisi. Now you can experience an official, marked, "Saint Francis Walk" of 80 kilometres through the sacred valley - inaugurated in December 2003, and divided into eight stops that have been blessed by the presence of Saint Francis.
From Assisi you can drive up to the top of the mountain through the regional park (Parco del Monte Subasio). High above the treeline you'll enjoy a 360 degree view of the valleys below. The road continues on back to Assisi.
If you are able to do so, I highly recommend walking to Assisi from the train station instead of taking the bus. It's only a 30 minute hike, and the scenery is so tranquil and romantic. You'll feel like you're in another world.
You won't need a map to do the trek. All you have to do is walk in the direction of the medieval city on the hill.
It'll give you a more intimate introduction to Assisi than you could ever get on the bus.
Donald de Leon
Ja izuzetno volim naše dalmatinske gradove i gradice jer svaki od njih ima neponovljivi šarm. Medjutim, pred ovakvim skladom, kakav postoji u Assisiju, naši gradovi izgledaju kao da ih je urbanizirao nekakav šegrtov pomocnik.
Nemoš' ni zamisliti što bi ovi napravili da su kojim slucajem na raspolaganju imali bracki kamen.
Ova "požutjela" kuca, koja nedvojbeno spada u rani srednji vijek, savršenog je zdravlja i ljepote.
Valja imati na umu da je, ne tako davno, cijelu Umbriju pogodio razorni potres koji je nanio ogromne štete. Tome unatoc, u cijelome gradu necete naci niti jednu ruinu koja ceka "neka bolja vremena".
When one starts strolling the streets of Assisi at the very first moment will be stroked by the sense of peace and tranquility. The first thing I've noticed is that none of the passers-by in no hurry, no one shouting and nobody does not show any trace of nervousness. Assisi is a really special place, the holy city, which makes people to be much better than they are normally in their everyday life. Assisi is the city that lives with its own special rhythm and makes a strong impact on visitors.
I am not a believer, but here I felt marvelous serenity and mental balance..
Ova prekrasna srednjevijekovna kuca nalazi se u neposrednoj blizini crkve Svetoga Petra. Odmah iza nje nalaze se gradska vrata, a na desnoj strani jedan ubavi mali hotel s restoranom. Ambijent cijeloga tog malog trga je zaista upecatljiv.
A widow named Giovanna di Ghelferio established a community of female Franciscan tertiaries in 1392. Pope Martino V approved the community in 1428 under the Blessed Angelina. Sister Tommasa of San Quirico was named as the leader of the community in Assisi. The community moved to the new location, this one in Via Giovanni di Bonino, where they built the church and the monastery (1471-1451). It is called Monastero di San Quirico or Monastero di Clarisse.
In 1931 the Poor Clares joined the community. They worked closely with Bishop Giuseppe Placido Nicolini, during the German occupation of Assisi, and hid many Jews threatened with deportation.
Buduci da je grad izgradjen na padajucem terenu to se u njem nalazi nebrojeno ovakvih i slicnih skalinada. Svojom gradskom arhitekturom Assisi neodoljivo podsjeca na lucki grad gdje se sve ulice slijevaju prema moru. Zbilja je medjutim, da je Umbrija jedina talijanska pokrajina koja nema izlaz na more.
Ovo je jedini kutak glavnoga gradskoga trga na kojem se ne nalazi niti jedna gradjevina od povijesnog znacaja. To medjutim ne znaci da je ovo manje lijepi dio toga trga, naprotiv. Niz ovih lijepih gradjanskih kuca u savršenom je skladu s ambijentom cijeloga trga.
Try to venture off the main street leading through Assisi and you will see frescoes in uncommon places - just there, in that particular spot, seemingly because they were the whim of the artist at the time.
Here St. Clare spent her monastic experience from 1212 and founded the Order of St. Clare. In the "small hut of linens in a corner of the house" San Francesco wrote the first draft of the Canticle of the Creatures.