The following day, the university ran tours of Assisi's important locations for the students, but I used that time to walk around on my own. It was like a private retreat. I walked alone down the hill to San Damiano, enjoying the warm sunshine as I passed by olive groves and orchards. I saw the original chapel, refectory, and choir of the cloister founded by St. Clare, as well as her own bedroom. Afterward, I walked along a shaded path that wound around the outside wall of the cloister before heading back up to Assisi for lunch.
The few days we spent in Assisi flew by- the other highlights included our trek up to St. Francis' hermitage in the hills, a musical about the life of St. Pio, and sitting beside Assisi's castle on a hill, watching the sunset. It was like a dream.
The Walk to San Damiano