Visiting Assisi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assisi is a small town in central Umbria about 20 minutes from Perugia and approximately half-way between Rome and Florence. The town is an Unesco World Heritage site known for its magnificent medieval architecture and for being the birth place of Saint Francis of Assisi.

It is amazing how such a small town perched halfway up the slopes of Mount Subasio can contain so much history and art. From the well-known frescos by Giotto and Cimabue in the “Basilica di San Francesco”, to the “Eremo delle Carceri”, literally the Hermitage of Prisoners, deep in a steep forest gorge on Monte Subasio. The Eremo, sheltered from worldly temptations, was an early retreat for prayer and meditation of Saint Francis and his followers.