Intra Tupino and the water that descends from the hill chosen by Blessed Ubaldo, fertile coast of high Mount Pende, whereby Perugia feels cold and hot from the sun door and from behind it cries for serious yoke Nocera con Gualdo, of that coast where it fringes more his recteness a sun was born to the world as he sometimes does this Ganges for those who make words of it place do not say asceticism which would say short but East if you really want to.
These are the words with which Dante describes the city of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis.
It is reductive to think of visiting Assisi in depth only in one day, because there are countless things to see and appreciate, but here we will try to give the visit of the city a daily dimension. Starting from the upper part of Assisi, you immediately immerse yourself in an intricate network of medieval alleys, which however still testify to the Roman origin of the Assisi settlement, from here you then descend into the Piazza di San Rufino where the majestic cathedral stands. dedicated to the martyr bishop Rufino, the church is one of the most important examples of Italian Romanesque. Continuing the descent passing through via Dono Doni and then via Sermei you reach the large square that houses the Basilica of Santa Chiara, the first disciple of San Francesco and founder of the order of the Poor Clares, the external architecture has a gothic style, at the inside the church the Crucifix of San Damiano is preserved and the body of the saint is kept in the crypt. Continuing our journey along Corso Mazzini we arrive in Piazza del Comune, the main square of Assisi since Roman times, where the Roman temple of Minerva now a Baroque church and the main buildings of city power from the Middle Ages overlook. From the square, go down via Portica, where you can still see the remains of medieval shops and commercial activities; in the street there is also the entrance to the Roman Forum, which today is located under the walkway of Piazza del Comune continue along via Fortini and then via San Francesco, the main street of Assisi in the Middle Ages, along this wide street , where you look out over buildings ranging from the Middle Ages to the mid-1800s, you finally reach the Papal Basilica of San Francesco, one of the centers of world Christianity, where inside it is possible to admire Giotto's pictorial cycle and other magnificent masterpieces by artists such as Cimabue, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti.
In the crypt carved into the bare stone, in a simple travertine sarcophagus rest the remains of St. Francis