Assisi: tranquil stroll in the woods near the Basilica

Photo: The Basilica of Assisi (Photo: Chris Yunker on Flickr). Article from l’Italo Americano

Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, is a picturesque town in the province of Perugia within the region of Umbria. The stunning Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi crowns the top of the hill and dominates the landscape of the town. Expansive vistas, winding streets, and scattered shops and cafés atop the hill make for an enjoyable experience for anyone, regardless of religious beliefs. For the faithful there is the added draw St. Francis’ life. Crowds flock to this lovely spot to honor the saint, but most everyone misses a side of Assisi that St. Francis himself enjoyed: a stroll in the surrounding woods.

The Bosco di San Francesco is a wooded area immediately adjacent to the Basilica. A gate in the wall surrounding the garden adjacent to the Basilica affords easy access. Once past the gate, there is a small tourist information booth which is supported by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) where you can get information about the three separate but overlapping tourist routes: the “landscape route”, which highlights the historical role of the Italian rural landscape; the “historical route”, which recounts the history of the area through its original buildings; and the “spiritual route”, which is geared towards helping you reflect on the past, present and future relationship between mankind and the natural world.

Read full article by Lina de la Torre published on February 16, 2016 by l’Italo Americano: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2016-2-16/assisi

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