We visited because of its connection to St. Francis. There is a statue of St. Francis along the shoreline and two rocks of importance. One is supposed to show the impressions of his elbows and knees when he came ashore and fell to the ground in gratitude. The other is indentations on the rock where he slept.
|On the shore before the boat ride.|
|"Main street Isola Maggiore" -- the only real street.|
|Statue of St. Francis|
|The dents in the rock are knee and elbow|
imprints after St. Francis arrived on the island.
|The rock in the back has indentations (impossible|
to see in this photo) that show where St. Francis
slept on the island.
We walked to the top of the island for a panoramic view and got to visit the church at the tops, which was simple, with lovely frescos on the walls.
|View of the mainland from the top of the island|
|Church of Michale Arcangel|
|Frescoes on one wall|
|Interior of the church|
|Assisi from the road|
|Arch in the lower middle is the entrance to the lower church|
|Above and below: interiors of the lower church. The dark blue|
ceiling has gold stars painted on it. Pardon the flash that impacts
both photos of the postcards. Neither does the reality justice.
There are two churches here, one of top of the other, which are both quite elaborate, an irony considering St. Francis extolled poverty. Because Franciscans can't own anything, the properties were built and maintained by the Vatican and feature wonderful art. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed, but I got a couple postcards to give you an idea of the lower church. The upper church was closed because of a special event.
|The upper church|
We walked through the town and I got a wool sweater to supplement my warm clothing supply because Italy is having a cold wave and I am a little short on truly warm clothing. We finally headed to Trevi and our next hotel, which used to be a 17th century palazzo with lots of original furnishings and period features like very high ceilings, but also modern amenities like private baths and towel heaters..