"Walk up and About in Assisi" Italy Things to Do Tip by no1birdlady
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Our tour bus let us out at the bottom of the steep hill that leads up to the Basilica di San Francesca. We had come through the lower part of the town where there is a train station and a bus up to the old city every 30 min. We went in this church where St. Francis is buried. It was built 2 years after he died in 1226. The tomb is down in the crypt which is under the main cathedral. There was a mass being held in the main cathedral so we went down into the crypt area first. It's highly decorated with paintings covering every surface except the floor. Back up on the main floor later, we looked at the frescoes by Giotto which shows the life of St. Francis, patron saint of animals, creation and founder of the Franciscan order. The most famous fresco is the one of St. Francis feeding the birds.
After this we walked on up the steep streets of old Assisi, through the old city gates and just explored.
Later we got back on our bus and were taken into the lower newer part of Assisi to see a big cathedral called St. Mary of the Angels. It's 17th cen. and has paintings in it by Perugino who was Raphael's teacher. All of the students in Perugino's school worked on the paintings in this cathedral so these show some of Raphael's earliest work. In the cathedral sits a small chapel which is where St. Francis worshipped. This large cathedral was built over and around the earlier chapel. You could walk into the chapel. Neat.
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