Jan. 14-15: Assisi and Rome
Early Monday morning, we started out for Rome. This turned out to be our most unexpectedly eventful day, but a great one nevertheless. Our bus slowed to a crawl enroute to Assisi, and we had to make an unscheduled stop in the lovely Umbrian town of Passignano, a resort town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno. It turned into an extended lunch stop, but the sun came out, and we decided it wasn't too shabby a place to be "stuck" for a couple of hours.
Once the rescue bus arrived, we were on to Asissi. This small town in the hills looks like a postcard -- quaint medieval streets and the incredible Basilica of St. Francis. From the hills outside the Basilica there were breathtaking views of the valley below -- and in a special grace-filled display, the rain stopped briefly and the town was bathed in sunlight just before the sun went down.
Then another surprise -- our "repaired" bus gave out a second time, and we had to wait for the same bus to rescue us again. This time we had to transfer all of our suitcases and belongings in a hard rain (not the happiest moment of the trip), but eventually we went on to Rome, about 3 hours behind schedule. A late-evening pizza meal together in Rome made everyone feel better after a long day.