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Assisi

From the devotion to St. Francis to the stunning centre: spending a day in Assisi

Just 40 km from our relais with swimming pool and Spa, Assisi is another opportunity you can add to your Umbrian holiday.

The devotion to St. Francis

In addition to its wealth of gems, Assisi undoubtedly owes its international reputation to its most famous son:  St. Francis of Assisi, the first Saint in the history of the Church and Patron Saint of Italy.

The Basilica of San Francesco

By far the most popular destination in Assisi. Since 1230 this church has enshrined the remains of St. Francis: another reason for deserving the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The Basilica is made up of two parts:

  1. The    Basilica Inferiore (Lower Basilica) with the crypt containing the  remains of St. Francis
  2. The   Basilica Superiore (Upper Basilica) built after the Lower as an out-and-out pilgrimage destination. The mid level of the aisle is covered in remarkable and large depictions representing the Stories of St. Francis.

Other sites in Assisi

Attractions in Assisi also include:
  • Basilica of Santa Chiara. Home to the remains of the famous saint who followed in St. Francis' footsteps and stood out as a charismatic figure in Assisi.
  • Rocca Maggiore. Built around 1173, it was the main fort defending Assis for centuries.   It can still be visited and, with its view of the valley, is worth the effort to reach it.
  • Piazza del Comune square. Very interesting, as it is one of the few lay sites in Assisi.
  • Temple of Minerva. The so-called Temple of Minerva overlooks Piazza del Comune square. Built in Roman days, and probably dedicated to Hercules, nowadays, despite its name, it is a Catholic Church.
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