Assisi, St. Francis’ birthplace, is one of the most visited religious sites in the
world. Of course Assisi can also be visited without being a pilgrim, but the
highlights can easily be discovered by following St. Francis’ footprints. The
first place that should be visited is the Basilica Papale di San Francesco
and its monastery, that stands out against the ridge of mount Subasio since
the XIII century and dominates the landscape with its majestic colonnade.
In the upper cathedral and in the lower church it is possible to admire the
grandiose frescos by Giotto, Cimabue and many other medieval artists.
Other spots you cannot miss in Assisi are the Basilica di Santa Chiara, the
Cattedrale di San Rufino, the Eremo delle carceri (a hermitage perched on
mount Subasio where St. Francis used to pray). Moving down towards the
valley, there is Santa Maria degli Angeli with its imposing cathedral. Inside it,
you will be able to see the Porziuncola: the little church repaired by St.
Francis and his followers during their missions.
For nature-lovers, there are many hiking routes on mount Subasio and a
lovely area that is worth a visit called Bosco di San Francesco (St Francis’