We stop to look at the Sanctuario della Verna
A very pleasant walk trough the beech forest.
Overlooking the valley from the trail around La Verna
La Verna: The stark, rather plain church nestled close to nature
La Verna: a religious procession through a hallway decorated with frescoes depicting episodes in the life of St. Francis.
La Verna: one of many Della Robbia pieces of glazed ceramics - very impressive.
The old-man-of-the-mountains really enjoyed the walk out from La Verna. It was sunny, partly shaded & downhill - as good as it gets.
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Day 3 Tuesday
La Verna: High in the hills of the Tuscan Apennines the church and the Chapel of the Stigmata form the centre of the Monastery of La Verna.
It's a lovely day and the circular trail around the peak is a walker's delight. For lunch Lorenzo has gone shopping for Tuscan picnic fare - there are tables in a wooded area and there is a little wine. (We chip in to offset the cost).
Sandra's picture of a scene in Assisi - the major fortress, the narrow streets, the bell tower of a church....
We reach the highest point of our climb. Cheers ring out and pictures are taken. Thanks to Photoshop my head can be in the photo....
A view of St. Francis' Hermitage from our walk.
St. Francis' Hermitage: A short walk from the Hermitage is a quiet wooded glade and a simple statue.
Assisi town centre: One of the few remaining examples of a Roman temple to Minerva re-purposed as a Christian church.
The simple church (Porziucola) used by St. Francis is surrounded by a much more elaborate church (Santa Maria degli Angeli).
Dinner at Tonino's - good food, good friends = a memorable occasion.
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Day 4 Wednesday
St. Francis Assisi was from Assisi so it is not surprising that the largest church in the city is dedicated to the Saint.
The stones used to build the houses etc. are very nice - a light pink. Two fortifications were built to protect the city - the smaller one is near the road that leads to the Hermitage of St. Francis.
The gang of 8 and Lorenzo walk to the Hermitage via a path that relentlessly climbs over 300 m in 3 km. I remember going back felt a lot better.
Lorenzo is explaining to Tony the origin of the bricked-in "window."
It is considered bad luck for the body of a deceased person to exit the house through the door way - so another exit is created for the purpose and later filled in again.
(I think I've got the gist, maybe?)