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From a great distance, seeing it is a mystical experience: a trip to Assisi, the Umbria town transformed by Saint Francis and his brothers into a place of great faith and beauty, leave a mark inside the heart. On a tour of Assisi you can admire the Basilicas and other churches, the frescoes of Giotto and the crypt of the Saint, perceiving the profound spiritual essence from which they were born.
Events and festivals in Assisi
In the last weekend of August of every year there is the Palio of San Rufino with the crossbowmen of different districts competing against each other, and many cultural initiatives, medieval market stalls and torch-lit shows.
On October 4 is all about St. Francis and for Assisi is an important moment of celebration: traditionally the oil that burns in the crypt of the Saint is offered as a blessing for the city. Another religious festivity in Assisi is the famous "Perdon d'Assisi" event, which has, over seven centuries, seen pilgrims reach Porziuncola on August 2nd.
Places to visit in Assisi
Among the things to do in Assisi there is a visit to the Renaissance Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli that holds the Proziuncola, the small church where Saint Francis received the call. Here Saint Francis died in the Cappella del Transito. The Eremo delle Carceri is another location of deep faith as it hosts the caves where Saint Francis and his first followers would gather in hermitage before traveling the roads of the world. The roman Church of Saint Clare and the monastery are locations full of mystery, peace and faith. Here the Saint friend of Francis created her order and died close to the byzantine cross of San Damiano.
What are the main reasons for a visit in Assisi?
Also other churches of Assisi, just like the urban structure of the town, strike the visitor with their interesting historical and artistic characteristics. A tour in Assisi allows you to discover a beautiful valley in the Umbrian hills, and from Assisi you can set off for natural excursions to the Monte Subasio Park or towards important Umbria centers.
Assisi is rooted in the Umbrian territory and expresses its culinary traditions in the restaurants and trattorias of the area. This allow combining the mystic experience to a gastronomic one.