Through the ages, all of its inhabitants have left their mark on it. The site it occupies speaks of the Etruscans who built their stronghold towns on the tops of the steep thumbs of land that stick up high over the surrounding area, giving them a vantage point to warn them of an approaching enemy.
The Romans came next and built their town on the Etruscan site. The Roman remains are visible in the temple of Minerva in the Piazza del Commune. As with many other Roman temples all over Italy, this one was preserved by incorporating it into a Christian church.
|Piazza del Commune|
|Closer look at the Temple of Minerva|
The artists who came shortly after his death to build the basilica in his honor based their work on his reverence for nature, and in doing so they transformed western art. The Renaissance reached its peak in Florence, but its seeds were first planted here.
|The Rocca Maggiore, Assisi's medieval castle|
|Typical medieval hill street|
|The view from our room.|
|The Basilica of San Francesco|
|The cloister of the monastery attached to the basilica|
|The nave of the upper basilica|
|The upper basilica, looking toward the entrance|
|The Church of Santa Chiara|
|Detail of the facade of Santa Chiara, here because I love lions|
|Interior of Santa Chiara|
|We arrived at home to see the full moon shining over the|
Palazzo dell Signoria. Here's the terrace view of it.
By the time you see this, I will have left for Rome. Tuesday begins a three day sojourn there, only an hour and a half from Florence by fast train. Stay tuned.