Assisi is a town in region of Umbria and since 2000, it is part of UNESCO. To visit Assisi you won’t need to much time but the stop is worth it and town’s history is really special.
How to get to Assisi?
Assisi is a medieval town and it is divided into a lower town and an upper town. If you go by car , there is plenty of parking. If you are not travelling by car the, station is in between and public bus services are very will organized, so no worries!
What to see?
This town was the birthplace of St. Francis who then founded the Franciscan religious order. Also, St. Clare, founder of the Poor Clare Sisters, was born here.
Assisi’s sites are mostly churches of which two especially should not be missed:
– Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli: only a few miles from town, it houses the Porziuncola, meaning small portion of land, but is actually a small church inside the larger one, and is considered the most sacred place for Franciscans.
– Basilica di San Francesco: this is the burial place of St. Francis. This church began construction in 1228, two years after the saint’s death. This church is decorated by Cimabue, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and Giotto. The Basilica is an important Christian shrine and receives many Catholic pilgrims throughout the year.
There are many other smaller churches to see and the view from the upper town is outstanding and the medieval streets are magical.