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Feast of St. Francis

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Feast of St. Francis

Will be in Rome on Oct. 4th and am considering a day trip to Assisi. Has anyone been in Assisi for this and is it worth the trip from Rome?

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Yes, Yes, Yes!! It is well worth a day trip from Rome. Trains are frequent and inexpensive.

Assisi is a charming place and you will enjoy not only the churches and more well know tourist stops but just walking along the streets all hung with flags and banners and some wondeful little shops.

Do take the time, you will not regret it

Ken

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Thanks, that was very encouraging. We'll do it!

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October 4 is a lovely day in Assisi - although it is very crowded as pilgrims come from all over Italy. It is a lovely experience. There are special masses at San Damiano and the Basilica. Each year a different region of Italy is honored with presenting the sacred oil to the Basilica of St. Francis. That region then brings buses and buses of their citizens to join in the celebrations. Depending on the region, they perform their local music and dances during events throughout the day.

Sardenia was my favorite!

The night of October 3 is equally impressive...the ancient city walls are lined with a type of sterno can that is lit after dark...flames of light wind up and around the city walls into the mountain...a procession is held in Santa Maria degli Angeli (where the Porziuncala - Basilica where Francis died) ..looking up to the hillside village of Assisi - Assisi looks like a gigantic birthday cake - lights beckoning to the pilgrims to enter the city.

October 5 is a big market day where the Piazza del Comune (center of town) and the connecting streets are filled with booths and tables of items for sale-the only day of the year that this happens. Tables of various olives, candies, bee products, cheeses, meats, clothing, bric a brac, etc...Festive...

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We'll be in the area on that day too and were wondering which of the events to attend and your message has made it sound enticing - only thing is we have a small 18 month old - do you think it would be too crowded to bring a little one then?

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Message to chruk --

use a Snugli to transport your wee one and you'll have no trouble.

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Your baby will love the activity!!! No problem -

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Feast of ST. Francis magical time here - and inspite of crowds, not to be missed - also the crowds are Italians - pilgrims. ...each year one of the 20 regions of Italy brings oil which will burn all year at his Tomb so many Italians from that specific region here.

Christmas, New Year's magical time here, too - as I wrote in an article just now.

Good Friday Procession of the Dead Christ. ASTOUNDING

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