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assisi attractions

Assisi is one of Umbria’s most well-known cities, extremely
popular among tourists due to its famous connection to St Francis as well as
its stunning architecture influenced by a number of eras and cultures. With our
Assisi villas in incredible locations nearby, this medieval city makes for a
perfect day out, where you leisurely wander the streets and take in the
impressive landmarks, as well as shop for authentic goods and souvenirs and
dine at one of the many authentic family restaurants. If you’re planning on
visiting Assisi during your stay, here’s five of the attractions you need to

Basilica of St Francis

A vast 13th century building now awarded UNESCO
World Heritage Site status, the Basilica of St Francis is Assisi’s most notable
landmark, with the crypt of the basilica’s namesake, St Francis, making up part
of the building. Visiting the Basilica is therefore a religious pilgrimage for
some, though the building is also extremely impressive, demonstrating centuries
of history and hard work. You can explore both the upper and lower basilicas,
which contain within them smaller chapels such as the Chapel of St Mary
Magdalene. An audio guide is highly recommended, as it reveals even more
information about every corner of this fascinating religious building.

Basilica di Santa Chiara and the monastery

The 13th century was a prolific time for the
people of Assisi, as the Basilica di Santa Chiara was also built during this
period. Boasting a stunning façade, made from seemingly glowing pink and white
stones, the interior is extremely impressive, with a number of colourful
frescoes and paintings adorning the walls. The basilica itself honours the
daughter of an important nobleman, St Clare, who is actually buried in a crypt

Temple of Minerva

Dating from the Roman era, the Temple of Minerva is at least
2000 years old and is one of Assisi’s best preserved landmarks from ancient
times. Characterised by six towering stone columns as well as an impressive
flight of steps, the temple was also given a further Baroque flair in the 17th
century, when it was converted into the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
Close by, there are also a number of other attractions well worth a visit,
including the Piazza del Commune, Municipal Tower and the Palazzo Priori.

Cathedral of San Rufino

Though it was first built in the 13th century,
the Cathedral of San Rufino is also an impressive example of how much the
Romans influenced the architecture in this area, with ancient Roman remains
still standing on the site alongside the main attraction. In the 16th
century, it was remodelled with further features added to it, and today boasts
rose windows, animals and figures which adorn the exterior, and a fountain,
said to have been the place of baptism for both St Clare and St Francis.

Roman Forum

If you already have plans to visit the Piazza del Commune
and soak up the buzz, you’ll also discover a pleasant surprise in the form of
the archaeological remains of a Roman forum. Dating back to the first century,
the remains lie below the Piazza and can be accessed via a number of passages,
stemming from the Museum Civico. An increasing number of shops are also letting
visitors into their basements, where they can peer through into the ancient
wonders that have been hidden beneath the square.

Image: Roberto Ferrari,
available under Creative Commons

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