Assisi

The pink stone town of Assisi is the home of the Umbrian religious spirituality. The outstanding figures of the two local saints, Francis and Clare, intertwine with the artworks of the most famous painters of the Middle Ages.
It is convenient to start the tour from the upper part of the town so that the downhill itinerary is easier.

HALF- DAY TOUR
St. Clare Basilica: Clare is the founder of the order of the Poor Clares . She is buried in the crypt of this church where the Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis is also preserved
Piazza del Comune: here are the civic buildings dating to the medieval Commune, the People’s Tower and an interesting Roman sacred construction named Minerva temple. Below the square there are the remains of a large Roman public area
St. Francis Basilica*: centre of the Franciscan spirituality and cradle of the medieval European art, the Basilica was built upon the Saint’s tomb. The double papal Basilica was founded by Pope Gregory IX and is an architectural masterpiece containing some of the finest paintings of  medieval Italian art, from Cimabue to Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, Jacopo Torriti and Pietro Cavallini. The frescoed cycles of the Old and New Testament and the panels on the life of St. Francis reach the climax on the medieval theology whilst the Franciscan Order was growing in power.
NB: The detailed guided visit of St. Francis Basilica is only allowed by means of headsets to be rented at  the cost of € 2,00 per person. It is highly recommended to all visitors. The visit lasts about 1 hour. The service is also available for city tours

SUGGESTIONS FOR  A FULL-DAY TOUR IN ASSISI:
St. Rufino Cathedral: it has a magnificent Romanesque-style façade. The church, containing the font where both Saint Francis and Saint Clare where baptized, is located in the upper  part of Assisi, an area of great charm and history. Inside, in the striking cellars, you can visit the Diocesan Museum * with Romanesque cloister and the crypt .
S. Damiano: a quaint stone monastery, where Saint Francis heard the voice of the Crucifix   and  also the site where Saint Clare and her first companions lived their cloistered religious  life. To be reached either on foot or by mini van
Carceri Hermitage: situated on a slope of Subasio mount, it is a remarkably secluded and peaceful spot, also symbolic  of the high spirituality of the first Franciscan friars. To be reached by minibus only.
St. Maria degli Angeli: it is a large, imposing  Basilica  situated on the valley just below Assisi. It covers a little oratory, named Porziuncola, where Francis and his companions first came to live in simple huts. It represents the beginning of the Franciscan communities
 
NB: For full-day guided tours we recommend the excursions to the  Carceri Hermitage and to San Damiano. A convenient, comfortable mini-van service, available upon reservation,  is partner to our Tourist Guides’ Association.
 
DURING YOUR FREE TIME
Look for the linen handmade embroidery works  with “punto Assisi” in various colours.
SPECIAL DAYS IN ASSISI
Calendimaggio: on the first weekend of may the city re-enacts the middle ages through games, parades and a final contest on the square.
Saint Francis’s Day: on October  4th  Assisi celebrates St. Francis on the anniversary of his death.
Make a full-day tour, by adding to half-day Assisi either Spello, Spoleto, Perugia, or Gubbio!
*admission fee

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