I’m not sure that just a few days suffice for all the artistic wonders of Assisi: the Basilica di San Francesco with over 10,000 sq. m of the greatest frescoes in the world of the late 13th-century, early 14th-century certainly merits more than one visit and the Romanesque (1144 AD) cathedral of San Rufino and the pink and white limestone Gothic Basllica di Santa Chiara astound as well. The Temple of Minerva (1st BC) in the main square was transformed into a Baroque church centuries ago but the elegant pronao still remains (hard to believe it has never sustained earthquake damage!). The oldest church in Assisi (11th century) – San Pietro – is overlooked by most visitors….but well worth a stop. Outside of the medieval walls, the 15th-c monastery on the mountain, the Hermitage (Eremo delle Carceri)and San Damiano with the cloister and dormitory where St. Clare and her companians lived in the 13th century are spiritual places – for anyone. Be sure to head up to the imposing 14th-century Papal fortress, la Rocca Maggiore (best views and best photos at sunset). The tiny 13th-century Santo Stefano church hidden away in the backstreets is worth finding.
And speaking of the medieval backstreets, I have been walking them for over thirty years – and still marvel at the wonders, spot details I’ve overlooked on past walks.
Have a few weeks? Spend them walking the medieval backstreets of Assisi.
As I often say when I end an Assisi tour: “..and now, GET LOST!…..in the backstreets!”
Click here to read about my Assisi/Spello tour.
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