Assisi Panorama

Assisi feels untouched by time

Assisi Part One can be found here.

Assisi Temple of Minerva

Roman Temple of Minerva

While St Francis dominates the mood of Assisi, Roman history is strongly in evidence as well. Walking east from St Francis Basilica, Piazza del Comune was once the Roman forum with the superb colonnades of Temple of Minerva looking out onto the square. Some of the neighbouring shops have basements that you can sneak into to view remains of Roman buildings. Indeed, the first of the Basilica’s frescoes shows St Francis standing in front of this elegant Roman temple.

Assisi Santa Chiara St Clare Church

Church of St Clare contains the saint’s body and the crucifix which spoke to St Francis

Walking up the hill towards the fortress of Rocca Maggiore with fine views over the town and the valley below (and the nearby city of Perugia), the candy-striped Church of St Clare (Chiesa di Santa Chiara) contains the remains of St Clare in its crypt and a cross that reportedly spoke to St Francis (see below).

Assisi Roman Amphitheatre

Remains of a Roman amphitheatre

Further up the hill along a tangled road, an innocuous oval shaped field was once the battlefields for Roman gladiators and the site of a Roman amphitheatre while Rocca Maggiore hosts supplements its superb vistas with an art gallery.

An excellent half-hour walk runs south of Assisi. Down a steep, rocky path lined with olive groves, the Church and Convent of San Damiano. Within this church, St Francis prayed before the crucifix with the cross saying to rebuild and re-establish the moral foundations of Christ’s church.

Assisi Back Street

Surprises around every corner

Assisi Laneway Night

Explore the alleyways at night

Assisi Religious Imagery

Religious Imagery adorns Assisi

Assisi is at its peaceful best at night. Without the hordes crowding the streets by day, Assisi dozes, subtle lighting inviting quiet exploration of the ancient alleyways. The Basilica glistens in the night air while restaurants contentedly ply their trade. The night streets have an almost haunting feel strolling the meandering lanes, ancient stonework walls reflecting the lights in an eerie, spiritual manner.

With its UNESCO World Heritage listing, Assisi is an Umbrian highlight of Italy with places to enjoy the serenity and peace of the town. Beautiful valley panoramas, fascinating cobbled alleyways and the story of a remarkable man adds to the mystery and majesty of Assisi.



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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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