I had never been to Assisi, so we decided to take a day trip and visit. Assisi is a walled in city, and you can see many parts of the wall from Roca Maggiore. Within the walls Assisi is very hilly.
I didn't take any photos inside the Basilica. Pictures aren't allowed--more on that later. The Basilica and its frescoes were damaged by a major earthquake in 1997. You can see gaps where the frescoes just broke apart and fell to the ground. The Basilica was beautiful. We saw both levels of the church. We also saw the art collection and a special exhibit of watercolors. Below the church is St. Francis's tomb and an area showing some of his things.
Visiting the Basilica was free, which surprised me. We had to pay ,60 € for the toilets though. The men had an awesome view (huge window) from their toilets. The women had a tiny little slit in the wall.
The bus system in Assisi is confusing, even for Italians, but we managed to make it back to the train station. Pope Francis had visited the week before we did. I met someone who was there during the Pope's visit. He said it was amazing--40,000 people crammed into the town and the air was electrified with excitement. I'm so glad I missed it. I don't deal well with crowds.
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