How do you say SNOOZE in Italian? Our luggage has to be outside our doors by 6:45 am so the luggage service can collect it and take it to a boat to our bus.
7:45 am – BOARD THE BOARD
After our nice breakfast at the hotel, it is time to walk the couple hundred yards to the pier to board the boat. We are transported to the bus to hit the road to Assisi.
I am going to miss the city of Venice a lot. I wanted to see Venice more than any city on this tour when we started and so far it has been my favorite city. I just enjoyed the uniqueness of the city being on water, no vehicles in town, the food and of course the beautiful views.
9:00 am – UNIQUE REST STOP
Traffic on the highway is slow moving today so we decide to take an early pit stop to let the traffic clear.
Now, I have told you about the toilet tax and paying as much as 1.50 Euro ($3 usd) to use the toilet. I have to explain that in most public restrooms (not hotels though) there are no toilet seats for hygiene reasons. Well this rest stop had a new twist we have not seen before…..NO toilet at all! This had just a rectangle ceramic piece in the floor with a hole in the center. (Keep in mind that this was not the men's urinal as those were regular urinals). And I thought not having a toilet seat was an adjustment from our normal life!
I just love the foot grips on the sides!
12:15 pm – LUNCH TIME
We stop for lunch at an auto plaza for lunch as we still have a couple hours to get to Assisi. One side of the restaurant has pre-made Panini sandwiches and the other side is cafeteria style. I select a ham, mozzarella, salami, lettuce and tomato Panini for my lunch and it was very good.
1:45 pm – ON THE ROAD AGAIN
We just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery with mountains and lakes everywhere along the route to Assisi.
3:00 pm – We arrive to the plain at the base of the hill where the town of Assisi rests.
In this little town at the bottom of the hill is a church called the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels). The basilica encloses a very small 9th century church called the Porziuncola. St. Francis was given this church by the Benedictine monks and it then became the most sacred place of the Franciscans. Basically it is a church within a church.
4:15 pm – UP THE HILL TO ASSISI
We park the bus and walk past our hotel up the steep hills of Assisi to the basilica. Assisi is the town where St. Francis was born and died. The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor—commonly known as the Franciscan Order. The basilica is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. With its accompanying friary, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
The view is outstanding! To me, the view just screams Italy! Picturesque landscape, mountains, little villages and beauty all around.
5:30 pm – HOTEL WINDSOR SAVOIA
We finish up our tour of the basilica and return to the hotel to check-in and freshen up for dinner. This is one of the finer hotels in Assisi with a nice lobby and a breakfast room just down the hall. Marble steps lead to wood floored hallways and rooms. Everything has been updated within the last several years so the hotel is very nice and looks in top shape! The rooms are small, but standard European sized rooms, with thick drapes and bedding. The bathroom is small too and even though most rooms now have regular standing showers, mine has a regular tub with a curtain and a hand-held shower wand. Even though the room is a little small and I am afraid that I will fall out of the little bed, my room does have a nice balcony overlooking the beautiful valley. What an absolute treat!
7:00 pm – DINNER TIME!
Our restaurant is up another steep hill, a few minutes walk away from our hotel. Down some steps and then up some more steps. Nice place with a view of the valley.
Our included dinner menu consists of:
Tortelli with herbs (think ravioli), veal bites with mushrooms, roasted potatoes and mixed salad and dessert.
Everything has been going very well on this trip. However, tonight on the way to dinner, one of our travelers slipped and fell hard on her shoulder. She was able to get back on her feet and up the last few steps to the restaurant. We have 3 nurses in our group and they do a fine job of taking care of her with pain meds, ice and a homemade sling. She tries to make it through dinner but she just really needs medical attention. She is transported to the local hospital for x-rays and meds. It turns out that she broke her collarbone! OUCH! We provide options for her as far as extra medical care and travel plans yet she opts to continue on the tour. What a trooper!
9:30 pm – REST AND RELAX!
We have had lots of “excitement” tonight and we have an early wake-up call (5:30 am) for Wednesday so I don’t want to stay out too late tonight. Plus I am charging the cell phone waiting for any news from the hospital on our injured person. I return to the room and make phone calls to all the necessary people regarding our incident tonight. Then I get out my tablet and sit on the balcony to relax and read.
11:00 pm – BUONA NOTTE!
Good night Assisi!