Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi
To keep the group happy, two more stops were planned on the way back home. We still had three quarters of Italy's total length ahead of us. Past Naples and Rome we followed crowded motorways until we reached Umbria. Assisi was this day's destination. We arrived in the afternoon and went straight up into the old town of Assisi. The Basilica di San Francesco was the main destination. Mercifully we had no guide there (I do not think they allow tours in the basilica because of the noise, a talking guide would disturb the worshippers too much). Instead we got free time to see everything by ourselves. During my studies we had discussed the frescoes of Assisi and their background various times in lectures and seminars, so I was able to draw on my knowledge.
Afterwards we had a guided tour of the old town with its various churches. The sun was already low. Assisi was bathing in golden light.
We spent the night at a hotel in the lower part of Assisi down in the valley, namely Santa Maria degli Angeli, not far from the big pilgrimage church over Portiuncola chapel.
Pilgrimage church of Santa Maria degli Angeli