Surviving A Last Minute Call To Assisi

A view from the hill

A view from the hill

When I was invited to a friends wedding along with others to Assisi, the first thought that came to my mind was that I might as well seize the opportunity to see Rome as part of a round trip. After all, it was only 2 hours away from Assisi. But the idea was to be at Claudia’s wedding in Assisi! This journey was all about surviving a last minute call to Assisi.

A view from the hill

A view from the hill

This medieval town is located in the Umbria region of Italy, which is in the central part of the country. After travelling on the Tren Italia train for over an hour and a half in the sweltering heat, we met a friend of the bride and groom by chance, who mentioned that he was going to a wedding in Assisi. So when we got talking with Reg, we found out that we were all going to the same event on the 6th of August. What a small world! When we arrived at the station, we decided to share a taxi together from the station to take us to our different hotels.

Santa Chiara

Santa Chiara


Outside basilica Santa Chiara Assisi

Outside basilica Santa Chiara Assisi


Sunset in Santa Chiara

Sunset in Santa Chiara

We stayed in the Santa Chiara area and I couldn’t help but observe the pace of life there. The locals and visitors were walking briskly on the roads. In some parts, pavements were non-existent, so we walked on the roads for the best part of our stay but spent so much time looking over our shoulders in case a vehicle sneaked up on us from behind.

Sunset in Assisi

Sunset in Assisi

Knowing that people were welcoming and friendly was a bonus. Not once did we feel out of place. The medieval buildings, churches and ruins were spectacular and the mountains and winding roads makes Assisi such a unique place. Although, walking shoes are highly recommended.

At night

At night

Churches were present almost everywhere and the memories of waking up to the chimes of church bells every morning will remain with us for a while.

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

After checking in, we couldn’t wait to see the town. We were so keen to see the Basilica de Francesco but visited the venue on the second day. If you ever plan on visiting this venue, be warned…. You will be required to join a queue for almost 1 hour to get security clearance before entering the venue but it’s well worth the wait.

The grounds at Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

The grounds at Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Inside the Basilica de Francesco lies the tomb of St Francis, who was an Italian Roman Catholic who was known for his deeds.

In Assisi, we couldn’t help but notice churches wherever we walked, so we made a habit entering each one to admire the paintings on the walls and ceilings.

Street view

Street view




Whilst walking along the narrow streets, up and down the hills, I was curious to know why some of the ruined buildings appeared to be revamped. Could this due to earthquakes or other natural disasters? We were completely blown away by the architecture and appreciate the fact that the buildings are still standing. This is a town to see if you love buildings.

On the eve of the wedding, we met at a restaurant known as the La Bracera di Assisi to indulge in some Italian Pizza’s. The anticipated wedding took place at one of the churches at the Basilica de Francesco.

Olive trees

Olive trees

The reception took place Perugia, which was around half an hour away. I experienced an 8 – course meal on the day, but it was a struggle to get past the third! After a long wait to see this picturesque country, it finally happened. Thanks to my friend.

Have you been to Assisi and what was your experience? As always, feel free to leave a comment.

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22 Responses to “Surviving A Last Minute Call To Assisi”

  1. Marie October 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    What great memories this brings back to our amazing trip in Assisi, meeting you and your lovely family for the first time, was truly a trip I’ll always remember… when’s the next gathering ????


    • Bola Akande October 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      Can’t stop looking at the photos we took. You’re right the memories will stay with us for a long time. Let’s arrange to meet in December if possible. We’ll speak or text. 🙂

  2. George October 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Thank you very much, Bola, I understand now that I have to come back to Assisi where Katya and I were back in 2002. I remember how impressed I was by the Giotto’s frescoes. But, we didn’t spend there enough time to enjoy the town. We will definitely come back!
    And, if you liked Giotto’ you have to visit Capella Scrovegni in Padua / Padova, the Giotto’s masterpiece.

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

      Hi George. We definitely have to go back some day to view the masterpiece. Unfortunately, we were short of time.

  3. RoseMary Griffith October 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Lovely photos and a place that’s been on my Italy-list. Thanks for letting me share the journey with your pictures!

  4. Doreen Pendgracs October 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    H, Bola. I would definitely like to visit Umbria, as Perugia is known for its chocolate. Assisi looks like an extremely picturesque village I would love to visit as well. Thx for sharing your experience with us.

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

      Shame I didn’t buy any chocolate… I know, maybe next time. Thanks for the insight.

  5. Marquita Herald October 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! I’ve been to Rome and the only area beyond that we went to was Pompei (a life-long dream come true!). But despite the crazy traffic, and even crazier drivers, I absolutely fell in love with Rome and would love to return one day to explore other areas of Italy. It appears Assisi should be on that bucket list. 🙂

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

      I share your passion. We literally had to hold our life in our hands when crossing those busy roads in Rome. Glad you’ve put this beautiful town on your bucket list.

  6. Carole Terwilliger Meyers October 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    Assisi sounds like a great place to visit. Personally, I like just about anywhere in Italy.

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

      Visiting Assisi was great and I’ve always believed most regions in Italy are.

  7. Sushmita October 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Must say lovely pictures and your simplicity of introducing takes it a notch higher! Added to my Bucket List.

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Many thanks. I look forward to hearing about your experience there.

  8. Michele October 14, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    We are heading to Italy later this year, Thanks for the reminder this is somewhere I have always wanted to go but for some reason it is not on my list, thank to your post it now is.

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks Michele. I waited so long to see Italy but it was worth the wait. You will enjoy Assisi and you might be able to do a day trip if time permits.

  9. William Rusho October 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    That is an amazing city. the architecture alone is spectacle to view. Thanks for sharing the article and the pictures with us.

    • Bola Akande October 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

      The architecture was truly amazing.

  10. Ken Dowell October 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    Looks like a great place for a wedding. The sunset image is beautiful.

    • Bola Akande October 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

      Thanks. It’s a memorable place….highly recommended!

  11. Marilyn Jones October 17, 2016 at 1:24 am #

    I really enjoyed reading about your trip and experiences; what an amazing location! And your sunset photo should be framed and hanging on your wall!! Perfection!

    • Bola Akande November 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Marilyn. Glad you enjoyed reading the post and I’m going to consider hanging the photo on my wall. Thank you!

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