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Green Heart of Italy
“Green heart of Italy” is how Umbria is defined, the central region of the peninsula, the only one that does not overlook the sea but is immersed in greenery. Famous for its medieval hilltop towns, lush forests and local food.
Among the most important cities we find Assisi, the birthplace of one of the most loved saints by Italians, San Francesco (1181/82-1226).
A large part of local tourism revolves around the religiosity of these places, not only for the natural and artistic beauty of Assisi, but also for the important bequests of the Saint, a source of inspiration for millions of people around the world: poet, protector of animals and patron saint of Italy.
A Charm That Will Take Your Breath Away
The charm of Assisi cannot be explained in words, it must be breathed in: the peace and sense of well-being that surround the city are palpable, a mix of history and religion, art and nature that deserve to be experienced without haste.
The city stands on the north-western slope of Mount Subasio, which is just 26 km from Perugia, the regional capital. The panorama from Assisi is breathtaking, its relatively elevated position offers a very vast view from above, where you can see the cultivated fields that surround the surrounding small ancient cities.
Being a highly sought tourist destination, the city of Assisi is very well organized: well-signposted walking routes, lifts, mobile ramps and small means of transport will allow you to easily reach every important place in the city. The main attraction is the “Basilica of San Francesco” , considered a World Heritage Site, clearly visible even from under Mount Subasio, given its architectural grandeur.
Arriving at the top, we will be greeted by a large porticoed square which will lead us to the two areas into which the basilica is divided: The Lower Church (1228-1230) with a gloomy and austere appearance, but internally decorated with frescoes by Giotto, which also houses a crypt with the remains of the saint. Going up a staircase we will reach the raised part of the Basilica, the Upper Church (1230-1253) is majestic on the outside with its large Gothic-style façade, internally much larger, airy and bright, where we can admire the frescoes by Cimabue and more other frescoes by Giotto depicting the entire life of St. Francis.
The artistic value of the city is invaluable, but apart from this, it would still be worth “wasting time” even in the alleys of the village: characteristic, ancient and unforgettable.