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Italy, Day 10, Just Like Francis

Well, Maybe Not So Much

Via Francigena di San Franceso: Valfabbrica to Assisi
Distance: 8.7km
Elevation: Not sure, but mostly down . . . Until we got to Assisi, which is a hill town

We began the day with another delicious breakfast at the Palazzo Dragoni, shepherded through the breakfast buffet with our very lovely, but non-English, speaking helpers. I tried to figure out how to say "blackberry" in Italian. It didn't work. Alas. My breakfast focused on fruit, a couple of pieces that were difficult to identify. But delicious. And, then some fresh ricotta with honey-- comb attached. And, a nice cappuccino.

Our trusty driver, Giorgio was waiting for us at 9:00. We loaded up our things and he drove us to Valfabbrica. First, we stocked up on lunch items at a local small market (formaggio, pane, frutta and biscotti) and then Giorgio delivered us not quite to the trailhead, but to the 3.7km mark on the trail. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon, and possible thunderstorms, so we thought it best not to take on the full 12.4 km.

Our walk was mostly downhill, mostly gentle, except for a couple of steep parts, focused on the path that St. Francis took. The walk took on a dramatically different feel as we got closer to the Bosco di San Francesco, when the walk turned into much more of a climb. When we got through the woods, and finally arrived at the Basilica, we decided not to visit the grand basilica right away. We were tired, dirty, sweaty and stinky. Instead, we wandered through town trying to find our hotel, which turned out to be much further away than we imagined.

We enjoyed our own little fiesta, in our strange room that feels very "grotto-like" and then off we went to explore, take photos, visit churches, have a spritz, window shop, and find our restaurant for dinner, Ristorante I Monaci. Dinner consisted of a delicious pasta with burrata and pizzas and local red wine too. Very nice.

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Posted by ReisAdventures 19:53 Archived in Italy Tagged italy san saint assisi di francis via francesco francigena 2021

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