Visible for miles around, Assisi's iconic Basilica is a top destination for people interested in both its art and spiritual significance and although heavily damaged by the terrible earthquakes of 1997, it was promptly restored and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000.
Assisi's Top 10 Attractions
The Basilica di Santa Chiara – it dates back to the 13th century and houses the remains of Santa Chiara d'Assisi, friend and follower of St. Francis.
The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli – it enshrines the Porziuncola – the little church where St. Francis understood his vocation.
The Temple of Minerva – it is now a church dedicated to Mary but retains its splendid pillared facade with six Corinthian columns dating back to Roman times.
The Roman Forum - it is located underneath Piazza del Comune and is accessible by a series of passageways and tunnels.
Assisi's Cathedral – it was built in the 12th century, partly over a Roman cistern and has an impressive facade featuring friezes, griffins and lions.
The Chiesa Nuova – it was constructed in 1615 on the spot reputed to be the birthplace of St. Francis.
The Rocca Maggiore – it is a massive fortress built in the 14th century and expanded a century after; it offers breathtaking views of Perugia and the valleys below.
The Convent of San Damiano - it stands just outside the walls of Assisi and is mainly known as the place where St. Francis received his miraculous calling (1205) and St. Clare died (1253).
Saint Francis Woodland – it covers the slopes of Monte Subasio behind the Basilica di San Francesco and was opened to the public only 3 years ago; it is a place of incomparable beauty and peace.
The Carceri Hermitage - (about 3,5 km away) it is well worth visiting, both for its Medieval architecture and for the enchanting scenery.
We recommend at least a stay of 2 full days (1 night); you really have to take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the town's unique atmosphere.
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