Assisi: Where Floral Majesty Drapes the Walls
Don’t short-change Assisi: the town needs far more than a day to see all the wonders. If you’re in Assisi in spring, summer or early fall, wander the labyrinthine medieval Assisi backstreets to take in the floral splendors accenting 14th-century arched medieval doorways, cascading off wrought iron balconies and adding colorful swatches to the the exteriors of the homes in the local pink and white limestone:
Here and there, you’ll see flower tributes near images of San Francesco, the Blessed Virgin, cherubs and other sacred images:
…and that Italian touch Vespa
On some walls, flower splendors are complemented by folded friscoli, the woven straw mats from the local olive oil mill. At olive-pressing time, they would be stacked one over the other with olives between the friscoli layers, the oil seeping out during pressing, the pits remaining behind, trapped between friscoli:
The assisani care for their “hanging gardens” with passione – and as you stroll, you’ll notice the locals attentively snipping off dead blossoms here and watering there:
In Assisi, flowers highlight not just the homes but restaurant entryways, too:
….and convent walls, monastery cloisters:
..and even border garages!
And charming for me, those Vespas here and there, backdropped by floral cascades. Ah, this is Italy. And this is Assisi in floral splendor.
…..and enjoy these photos of the gardens draping Assisi walls, framing medieval doorways:
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