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.