Roadtrippin' Part 2 + Assisi

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 16, 2014

It's a travel day, once again! This time, it's a 5 hour drive from Lido to Assisi.

Being on a bus for that long can be tiring, but I actually really loved roadtripping in Italy.

Here's what I loved so much about it:

  • European rest stops are well-stocks with snacks, drinks, and other lovely things. Autogrills in Italy even have coffee/juice bars where you can get a fresh-squeezed orange juice, a Grancrema (coffee-flavored Frosty-like dessert), or an espresso (which I had in Bologna for the first time!).
  • Listening to music is the best. I had a lot of fun crafting the perfect roadtrip playlist to listen to during the longer drives.
  • European snacks are amazing in general.
    • Mikado (Pocky in the US)
    • Rodeo chips, AKA "Italian Fritos" 
    • Piú Sticki (which are like French Fries but smaller and more crispy)
  • Fanta Lemon is a fabulous travel drink all day, every day.
  • Having videos on your iPad is an excellent idea. I had an episode of CW's Reign that I watched on this particular bus ride.
  • The Italian countryside makes roadtripping so much better. :) There always seems to be something new to see from region to region.

So Assisi was a very pretty place. :) It's situated on a hill, and it's known mainly for St. Francis' Cathedral. The rain that day made it hard to walk up and down the steep streets, but it was still neat to navigate a city situated on such a high hill.

My favorite thing we saw in Assisi was the cathedral itself. Nearly the entire church was painted wall to ceiling with frescoes, whether they were depictions of Bible scenes, the life story of St. Francis, or even decorations along the sides of walls. It was beautiful. The mosaics on the second floor of the church were gorgeous as well.

Next stop: Spoleto!

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