Mezzanotte passeggiata lungo Via Fontebella verso la Basilica di San Francesco d'Assisi
"Midnight walk along Via Fontebella towards the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi"...
Upon arrival early that day in Assisi, I began taking photos the second I parked at Hotel Giotto just inside the walls in the foothills of Assisi. Perhaps Saint Francis arranged the dramatically perfect skies and coordinated every encounter. Beginning at the Basilica of Saint Frances, every second of the climb to the top of the mountain to the fortress Rocca Maggiore, a new surprise awaited around every corner. Never stopping for lunch or dinner, I continued to photograph new images well past sundown. Traversing the narrow steps and strada back down to the bottom of the mountaintop to my hotel, the walk seemed a bit less strenuous and I felt a sense of gratitude and completion of my day long journey. However, the very quiet Assisi seemed to have fallen into a deep slumber in the early nighttime leaving all the restaurants closed for the night. Pleading with the hotel manager, she desperately arranged a late dinner at one of the most iconic restaurants in Assisi, La Locanda Del Cardinale, which was built over an ancient Roman settlement dating from the first century B.C., with glass floors to view the mosaics below. Walking back at midnight to the hotel, the peaceful Assisi continued to call out. At first glance of this reverent dwelling, I perceived it to be a religious structure. However, in typical fashion of the Assisi surroundings, it was just a simple abode with a very mystical red brick sidewalk leading upward toward the light. Clichés abound as the warm light draws one near as if a moth to the flame. I didn’t follow the sidewalk, but captured this image to ponder on a later date. Drifting forward the serene, quiet Basilica of Saint Francis stood majestically and glowed in the distant midnight skies. One could not help but to acquiesce to its spiritual yearning for just a few more memorable portraits in the cool dew of the early morning air.
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