Assisi Travel Guide
Assisi is a fascinating little town in the Apennines, with sweeping views of the countryside and a legacy tied to saints – St. Francis of Assisi, for one, founder of the 13th-century religious Order of the Franciscans, as well as St. Clare of the Order of Poor Clares and St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. The town itself unfolds on the hillside in a harmonious medley of buildings, notably a string of richly-frescoed basilicas where you can see the works of some of the most famous artists of the day – the likes of Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti, among others. Assisi is well-known, too, for its intricate, counted-thread embroidery, dating from the 13th century and unique to the Assisi region, which can be found in the local shops that are well worth discovering.
Assisi is situated on the western flank of Monte Subasio, literally on the doorstep of Parco Regionale Monte Subiaso (Mt Subasio Regional Park), in the Italian region of Umbria. It is approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of Perugia, or 9 miles (13 km) north of Foligno.
Assisi's principal draw is the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi – Basilica Papale di San Francesco in Italian – an elaborate complex with fresco-adorned upper and lower churches, dating from 1228 and long a center of Christian pilgrimage. Other churches worth visiting in Assisi include the 13th-century Basilica of Santa Chiara, with a Gothic interior and late-medieval frescoes, dedicated to St. Clare; and the Cathedral of San Rufino, noted for its Romanesque façade and rose windows. There is also a massive medieval castle here, Rocca Maggiore, which dates from the 14th century and fairly dominates the town.
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