Touring Assisi – Part 1: Outside the Medieval Walls – April 24th, 2021
We’ll head up into the woods of Mount Subasio to visit St. Francis’ place of retreat in the early 13th-century. We’ll pause at Roman ruins as we move on to a Franciscan monastery with 8th-century origins, once a haven for St. Clare and her community. A detour takes us to the massive 14th-c Papal fortress towering over Assisi. In the valley below, we’ll move into modern history as we pay tribute to over 900 very young soldiers buried in the Commonwealth’s Assisi War Cemetery. Not far away, the “church within a church” holds surprises.
Our wanders will take us over a medieval bridge spanning a Tiber River tributary to seek out a contemporary land sculpture in the Woods of St. Francis, now a protected site. We’ll learn about ancient mills along the river for the grinding of wheat and olives and discover medieval kilns. Our Assisi countryside wanders end with a surprise in a tiny mountain church tucked away in the olive groves.