Assisi is known as the city
of Peace. Its main characteristic is its medieval structure that has
remained intact over the centuries. The town sits on the slopes of Mount Subasio
along overlapping natural terraces. Outstanding architecture, convenient
geographical position as well as its mild and dry climate make it an ideal
tourist spot all year long.
But of course, Assisi is
famous all over the world, thanks to its favourite son, St. Francis. The
Basilica of St. Francis houses the tomb of St. Francis and has been a
popular pilgrimage destination and tourist attraction. Following the
devastating earthquakes of September 1998, the basilica has been fully
restored. One of the artistic highlights of the basilica are the frescoes
by Giotto and other leading artists of the day. The church has three
parts: Upper basilica, lower basilica and the saint’s tomb.
However, Assisi is more than just the home of St Francis. A stroll through
the main square, Piazza del Comune, gives an idea of this central Italian
town’s rich history. You will find the Roman temple of Minerva, the Roman
Forum and a Romanesque tower.