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Assisi: Where Floral Majesty Drapes the Walls

Date: July 10, 2017 - categories: , - 3 Comments

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:

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macelli-vecchi

arch-flowers

balcony

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san-pietros-balcony
coccia

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restaurant-balcony

vicolo-bovi

door-ready

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window

Here and there, you’ll see flower tributes near images of San Francesco, the Blessed Virgin, cherubs and other sacred images:

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…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:

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friscoli

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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:

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ANTONIO-CAES-FOR-FLOWERS

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In Assisi, flowers highlight not just the homes but restaurant entryways, too:

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….and convent walls, monastery cloisters:

CONVENT-FLORAL

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..and even border garages!

GARAGE!!

And charming for me, those Vespas here and there, backdropped by floral cascades. Ah, this is Italy. And this is Assisi in floral splendor.

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VESPA-AND-FLOWERS

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…..and enjoy these photos of the gardens draping Assisi walls, framing medieval doorways:

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cocce

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ARCH-AND-BACKSTREET

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Balcony-marvel

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Novella-and-Giulia-years-of-floral-passion

Read about Spello’s floral wonders
Read about Assisi’s festival where flowers carpet the streets

3 Comments

  • Bev Oliveri says:

    I can’t wait to go back. I hope it will be sooner than later!

  • Ann Krapf says:

    So many beautiful pictures and so many homes covered in flowers! Thanks for posting lots of pictures that capture the heart of Assisi.

  • Jenny Hannan says:

    Yes, I just keep coming back to Assisi – and Annie is right: the flowering in pots is amazing; the geraniums, the petunias and the wonderful colour of it all.

    I shall keep coming back to Assisi.

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