Europe 14 - Day 30
We left Venice early, drove in the bus to the ferry pier and onto a large car ferry for the trip back to the Tronchetto and then over the long bridge back to mainland Italy. We headed south on a long drive to the town and Abbey of Assisi. After finding the hotel we went on a guided walk through the town. At least that was the plan, but partway through the town the sky darkened and it poured with rain. We sheltered in the porch of a building for some time before we were able to continue, but by then it was nearly dark.
Lido to Assisi
To get from the Lido back to the mainland we were able to drive the bus onto a car ferry that took us back past Piazza San Marco and to the ferry pier near the bridge. We then headed south, stopping at an Autogrill for morning coffee and another one for lunch. This day was a Sunday, a good day to travel as Italian law bans all large trucks from the roads. Apparently Italian drivers are so bad that when everybody took to the roads for their Sunday drives, truck and car carnage resulted.
The town of Assisi
After a rest at the hotel we joined a local tour guide for a walking tour of Assisi, finishing at the Abbey of St Francis of Assisi. At least that is what the tour programme said. Soon after our start, in warm late afternoon sun, the sky darkened and the town became very dark. We hurried on, but the rain caught up with us and it poured down. We took shelter in the entrance of a local building (the Art Gallery I think it was). Eventually people decided to run back to the hotel in the rain, but at that moment the rain eased off and we were able to walk to the Abbey. But the light had faded, we were damp and cold so we only spent a few minutes there.
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