While strolling through narrow alleys and medieval piazzas of Perugia, rewarding myself with great Italian food, I had to confess that some thoughts were outside of Perugiaâ€™s heavy town walls, especially knowing that Assisi wasnâ€™t far. So I decided to track some of Francescoâ€™s trails for a day leaving the town. It was a half hour drive from Perugia passing some vineyards and little villages â€“ for sure romantic and nice, but probably not too different from places already known from middle Italy. Then, after some winding roads this impressive (and steep) hill came up. I guess the picture below describes it much better.
Because of its beauty and unexpected dimension, but secondly, because of the steepness of the pathway (by foot!). I tried to convinced myself that â€˜maybeâ€¦ the foot march up is part of the spiritual experienceâ€™, but on the first meters I was well aware I am just trying keep myself going. Passing olive tree after olive tree hiking up and catching a view of the landscape below.
My whole impressions about the trip turned. After some half hour hike entered the old village. Beautifully medieval again â€“ and certainly church after church. Also true, streams of tourists came just from another side â€“ it seemed the main road. I didnâ€™t see any of those people on that steep trail I took. A bit shy from massive tourist streams I always tried to follow the least crowded tracks which might have passed me around the â€˜real bigâ€™ tourist places, but it didnâ€™t affect me enjoying the village and the views. No complaints regarding the sights, but I cannot recommend visiting the restaurants and bars of Assisi. They are mostly tourism driven and certainly expensive. So I passed them and felt a great willingness to â€˜climb upâ€™ to the top of the hill reaching castle Rocca Maggiore.
Up there was an open air festival welcoming people to take a rest on the grass, drink a beer and enjoy Italian food once more, while having a great view over the landscape. Probably thatâ€™s already a part of Francescoâ€™s spirit.
Cheers with sunbeams.