The holy city of Christianity, Assisi is the land where St. Francis was born and lived and here are the places linked to his spiritual life and that of his friends. Together with almost all of its territory, Assisi in 2000 was included in the list of World Heritage Sites.
The Basilica of San Francesco is an architectural triumph: the Gothic façade is linear and typical of the Umbrian style; the interior frescoes by Giotto, Cimabue, Martini and Lorenzetti represent one of the highest examples of the two-fourteenth century painting.
In 2010, the FAI, following recovery work, led to the creation of a visit route that starts from the Basilica of San Francesco and continues through woodland, cultivated fields, olive groves and the ancient Benedictine complex of Santa Croce. The route ends in a clearing on the Tescio valley, in which stands the Annamaria Tower, brought to light by the archaeological excavations, home to the work created by Michelangelo Pistoletto called the Third Paradise.
The Basilica of Santa Chiara has its entire body made of pink and white bands of Subasio stone and is characterized by the majestic flying arches supporting the two sides of the church. Here is the crucifix of San Damiano.Info Assisi
Of not less beauty are the Cathedral of San Rufino, the church of San Damiano and the hermitage of the prisons, monastery of caves where St. Francis used to take refuge in meditation with his companions and is hidden among the beautiful woods of Mount Subasio.
In Santa Maria degli Angeli the little Porziuncola awaits your visit, during the year there are millions of pilgrims who come here, especially the young people who on August 2, the day of the Feast of the Forgiveness set up by St. Francis, come to the Porziuncola from all the parts of Italy and beyond.
In addition to places linked to spirituality, Assisi must be remembered for its contribution to art and architecture in the world. The Piazza del Comune has retained its medieval appearance, here are the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo which dates back to the two hundred and is flanked by the very high Tower of 1305, the Palazzo dei Priori built in the fourteenth century and the elegant classical facade of the Temple of Minerva (first century BC). Under the square is the ancient Roman Forum and the Civic Museum which preserves remains and remains of the Roman era found in the area; near the Cathedral of San Rufino are the remains of the Roman Theater. The Rocca Maggiore dominates the town and is an extraordinary example of fortification, rebuilt in the fourteenth century was repeatedly enlarged with bastions that still link it to the Rocca Minore.Info Basilica di San Francesco
The Mount is a natural frame of the historical centers of Assisi, Spello, Valtopina and Nocera Umbra and becomes a unifying element of the landscape.
In spring, the Subasio Park is covered with carpets of herbs and flowers and this is the best time to immerse yourself in the meadows and collect the country herbs, in the past it was one of the characteristic moments of the rural culture. The event "Subasio con Gusto" is organized annually to rediscover the traditions and identity of our people.
For those who love sports inside the Subasio Park there are paths and itineraries to discover and paragliding flights can be organized.Monte Subasio
Bevagna is a small jewel, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. it stands on the edge of the vast Umbrian valley, at the foot of the Monti Martani. Here you can still walk around the city walls, arrived in Piazza Silvestri we find the Palazzo dei Consoli in Gothic style that from 1886 inside houses the Torti Theater and the Romanesque churches of San Silvestro (1100 AD) and San Michele Arcangelo (1100 AD).
In Piazza Garibaldi we find Porta Cannara still intact and on the right the Church of San Francesco; behind the church inside an important palace we find the remains of the Roman theater (1st century AD), in the village there are also the remains of the Roman baths (2nd century AD) which have large black and white tessellations depicting subjects which draw on the mythological and ornamental marine type repertoire.
Characterized by narrow streets overlooked by charming medieval views, Bevagna hosts an important historical event held in the last decade of June: the Gaite Market.
On this occasion, costumed characters repropose ancient crafts along alleys and characteristic environments, with tasting of ancient medieval flavors and presentation of typical handicraft productions.Info Bevagna
Spello is also one of the most beautiful villages in Umbria and Italy. In the lower part of the center we can still see the well-preserved Roman Walls, to visit the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore which houses inside the famous Baglioni chapel, where are the frescoes of Pinturicchio and a paving made with the majolica of Deruta .
You can also visit the Roman house of the first century AD. C. which was brought to light in 1885 thanks to the excavations carried out under the Town Hall, the church of S. Andrea built in 1258 and the church of S. Lorenzo which has a striking façade, with a loggia from the 12th century, rosettes from the 16th century and decorative elements of the VIII.
In Spello, for the feast of Corpus Domini celebrated between May and June, the village is adorned with flowers and is a sight not to be missed: the streets of the center are decorated with paintings of sacred art made with flower petals.Info Spello
Called "Ringhiera dell'Umbria" for its incredible 360 ° panorama, Montefalco dominates the plain of the Clitunno and Topino rivers surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
The city is famous all over the world for its wines: the Sagrantino and the Rosso di Montefalco, whose production is allowed only in the municipalities of Montefalco in full, and part of those of Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano dell ' Umbria in the province of Perugia.
During the year there are numerous opportunities to learn about its wines, from the Terre del Sagrantino market exhibition in April where you can taste all the local food and wine specialties, at Enologica 34 in September, with tastings, conferences and music that ends with the harvest, opening ceremony of the grape harvest with parade of carts through the streets of the historic center. In May there is the Flower Gardening Exhibition Perfume of Gems, in August the Fuga del Bove, re-enactment of competitions and renaissance shows.Info Montefalco