Visited every year by thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, Assisi is considered the most fascinating village in the Umbria region.
The city, surrounded by a mystical aura, is full of historic buildings, alleys with pretty stone houses and numerous architectural beauties recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites.
For this reason, we wanted to dedicate an article from our “Travel Tips” column to Assisi, talking about the most interesting places and buildings in the city.
Here’s what to see in Assisi
- The Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi
Amazement and wonder : this is what you can experience by visiting the Basilica of San Francesco. Impossible not to stop here: already in the middle of the nave, looking up you can admire the fascinating frescoes by Giotto that tell the life of San Francesco and proceeding towards the interiors of the structure it is possible to visit a crypt located under the altar, where there are the remains of the saint.
- The Basilica of Santa Chiara
The Basilica of Santa Chiara represents another must visit if you go to this wonderful village. Once you reach the altar you can admire, looking up, beautiful frescoes. You can also visit the crypt, where the remains of the Saint are kept.
- Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola
The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli is an architectural work with three naves with chapels located on the sides and decorated with frescoes typical of the Umbrian land dating from the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century. Some rooms of the Basilica host a Museum in which they are presented, in chronological succession , the works that made the museum and Franciscanism famous.
- The Rifoli Cathedral
Another important landmark of Assisi is the Rifoli Cathedral, the oldest historical building in the city. It is said that the baptism of San Francesco and Santa Chiara took place here. The charm of the building lies in the decorations that characterize it and in the crypt where the relics of St. Francis are kept. Furthermore, from the steps of the church you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the historical buildings that surround it.
- Palazzo Vallemani and Municipal Art Gallery of Assisi
Palazzo Vallemani is located a few minutes away from Piazza del Comune. On the first floor of the building, there is an Art Gallery where you can admire numerous medieval and Renaissance frescoes and some paintings on wood and canvas from the 14th-17th centuries.
Why visit Assisi if you’ve never been there
Assisi is a suggestive medieval city that is really worth visiting for many reasons. First of all because it has played an important role in the history of the world. Furthermore, once in Assisi it is possible to experience few hours in a spiritual atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the modern life, where life flows at a calm and slow pace.