Alone in Assisi
I have twice been to Assisi and never written about it.
I have twice been but never alone.
However, both times I have managed to take a little alone time.
In 2002 I traveled for 10 months through Europe with my husband and my youngest son. Assisi was one of our stops. Living and traveling full time with family is wonderful but also intense. Taking time on my own and providing the same for my husband and son, was just part of how we traveled. I spent some time wandering Assisi alone.
Ten years later, in 2012, I went again. This time it was for TBU, a travel blogger conference, so you can imagine that it was difficult to find some alone time. However I did. I just waved my colleagues goodbye to explore the city on my own.
Assisi: walking into history.
With the exception of tourists and modern conveniences such as electricity and water, Assisi looks much like it did in the 13th century when St. Francis founded the Franciscan religious order there – at least, that’s what I’ve read and certainly, that’s how it felt. Perched on a hill with Roman ruins and medieval winding streets, one is able to easily walk the city end-to-end.
The Basilica di San Francesco, of which St. Francis is the patron saint, contains the sacred relics of Francis and frescoes of his life. As such, Assisi is a pilgrimage destination for Catholics. The town has 3,000 inhabitants but attracts 4 to 5 million visitors each year.
If you can go during the off season or shoulder season, you won’t find it crowded with tourists. You’ll be able to enjoy the town comfortably. The photos below were taken on my May, 2012 trip.