ASSISI

The ancient town of Assisi takes place on the slopes of mountain Subasio. It is one of the most famous Italian cities in the world with its cultural and historical beauties, and the fact that gave birth to one of the most popular saints of Christendom: St. Francis. The Assisi's origins probably date back to the second century BC, but the area on which stands the city was already inhabited in prehistoric times. Around the first century BC Assisi became Roman municipium and was protected by a defensive apparatus made up of a long wall that contains the village, still in excellent condition. In 1367 the city became part of the domains of the Papal States until 1861, year of the Italy's unification. The current structure of the city is still medieval, survived the centuries despite the earthquakes that hit the area cyclically.

Assisi is the host of many monuments that make the town a World Heritage of UNESCO, such as the impressive "Basilica of St. Francis", the" Basilica of St. Clare", the "Abbey of St. Peter" and the "Cathedral of St. Rufino". The "City Square", located on the ancient area of the forum, hosting the "Palazzo dei Priori, dating from 1337, the "Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo" and the "Temple of Minerva", built during the Augustan period. In the immediate vicinity of the center it's possible to visit the places connected with the life of St. Francis, as the evocative "Eremo delle Carceri", surrounded by a dense forest, and the "Convent of St. Damiano", where it still retained the crucifix that spoke to the Saint. Finally, on teh plain, the imposing "Basilica of St. Maria degli Angeli" settles, which defends the "Porziuncola", the poor place where the first franciscan monks met up. It is in the frame of Assisi's atmosphere that the life and the faith of a Holy man make it unique in the world.