The city of St. Francis
Assisi, the birthplace of Saints Francis and Claire, is known around the world as a universal center for the Franciscan message of peace and brotherhood. Built in the typical pink stone from Mt. Subasio, Assisi shares with visitors its unique atmosphere of profound spirituality inspired by the history and faith of its saints.
In 2000 Assisi was declared a World Heritage of Mankind site by UNESCO. Among the many monuments that make Assisi one of the Italy’s richest art destinations are the Basilica of St. Francis, a cornerstone of the Catholic faith, the Basilica of Santa Chiara, and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Rufino. Standing on the main square are the Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo with its Civic Tower and the Temple of Minerva. Just outside the walls and dominating the town is the superb Rocca Maggiore, a fortress built by Cardinal Albornoz on top of an older structure from a feudal castle.
Visit sites from the life of St. Francis including the Carceri Hermitage, set in the thick woods on the slopes of Mt. Subasio, the Convent of San Damiano, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola, and the Chapel of the Transito where St. Francis died. For nature lovers, the Mt. Subasio Regional Park, a protected environmental area permeated with a mystical atmosphere, is a can’t-miss.