St. Francis, Assisi, and me

Today, October 4th, is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Now I’m not going to get all religious and church-y on you, but I do celebrate this day each year in my own little way. I’ve long identified with St. Francis – maybe because I’m such a nature and animal lover as he was; maybe because I’m named after him (kind of). Speaking of which, today is also my onomastico, or name day. St. Francis in Italian is San Francesco; I have the feminine version of the name, Francesca. You follow? So, because of all of these connections to St. Francis, when I was planning my first trip to Italy, I knew I had to visit Assisi, his birthplace. I quickly fell in love with the town and when I returned to Italy last year with my mother, my husband, and my daughter, I didn’t think twice about taking them there. While I’m not a hard-core churchgoer, there definitely is something spiritually uplifting about walking through the streets of Assisi and witnessing its gorgeous natural setting.

So, to celebrate my onomastico and St. Francis, here are a few favorite photos of mine from my time in Assisi.

Assisi, 2006. I want to live in this house.

Basilica di San Francesco, 2006

Assisi, 2011. I want to live in this house, too.

Assisi, 2011. Lucia & her nonna.

Assisi, 2011. View from Piazza Santa Chiara.

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14 Responses to St. Francis, Assisi, and me

  1. Pola (@jettingaround) October 4, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I really like medieval Italian towns, like this one! I’ve visited twice and, besides PAX written in huge letter in front of the church, I remember buying gelato and silver bowls. Go figure. 🙂

    • Francesca October 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      tee hee… shopping and food are important parts of travel!

  2. Joe Todd October 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Neat post. I often say the prayer of “St. Francis” even though he is not the author..

    • Francesca October 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Thanks so much, Joe!

  3. GQ October 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    That last photo view from the Piazza Santa Chiara is breathtaking. I have a strong LOVE for all things Italy. Would love to visit Assisi one day.

    • Francesca October 10, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks, Kieu. The view from Piazza Santa Chiara is even more dazzling in person. You really should go to Assisi 🙂

  4. craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous) October 6, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Did you ever watch the film – Brother Sun, Sister Moon … it is all about his life…great picture. A must see.

    • Francesca October 10, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      I haven’t seen that movie, Craig, but I’m going to try to find it based on your recommendation. Thanks!

  5. Raul (@ilivetotravel) October 6, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    I have always said that if I could do 2-3 week immersion program in Italian. I would love to do it in Assissi. Very charming town! And I TOTALLY get the onomastico. In Spanish cultures we call it your saint’s day (tu santo). Older folks still call you on your saint namesake’s day to congratulate you. In older days, that was more important than the birthday. My grandmother until she died would send my Mom (her ex-daughter inlaw) a small gift on her saint day! I love traditions like this but sad they go…

    • Francesca October 10, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      I’m sad they go, too. That’s why I’m trying to revitalize the onomastico tradition. As Lucia gets older, we’ll be celebrating her onomastico every year, too. Hers is December 13th, the Feast of Santa Lucia.

  6. the lazy travelers October 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    we totally pick out houses we want, too! assisi looks gorge.

    • Francesca October 10, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      I do that everywhere I go 🙂 Assisi is positively lovely – scenic and peaceful.

  7. Valeria February 27, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    I was just there in January, what a beautiful, peaceful place!

    • Francesca March 1, 2015 at 8:03 am #

      Isn’t it? I just love Assisi. I dream about living there one day!

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