The first sight of Assisi, perched halfway up the slopes of Mount Subasio is extraordinary. Virtually untouched by modern architecture, with the soft pink of its medieval buildings shimmering against the greenery of the mountain, Assisi is an experience for the eye and the soul.
San Francisco and Los Angeles both take their names from Assisi, and the city attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, due to its connection to the Saint Francis. Assisi is also known for its well-preserved medieval and Roman architecture and the pink color of the marble of its ancient buildings.
I suggest you start your tour at the "top" of town with a visit to the Basilica. The Basilica, begun two years after the death of the saint in 1228, is composed of two churches and a crypt housing the Saint's tomb. The lower Basilica was decorated by the greatest painters of the 13th and 14th century: Cimabue, Giotto, the Lorenzetti brothers, and Simone Martini. The upper Basilica is adorned by Giotto's frescoes illustrating the life of St Francis.
next head towards the center of town along the beautiful litlle streets from where we'll have a fantastic view of the valley below.
The main piazza (Roman forum) will have us believing to be on a film set of ancient Rome as we admire 1st-century Roman temple of Minerva. This is a great place to sit on the steps eat a gelato and do some people watching.
Then you can admire the 13th-century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, and the 14th century Palazzo dei Priori. Then we continue our walk and after a few minutes arrive in Piazza Santa Chiara, with its pink marble church dedicated to saint Chiara and a truly breathtaking view over the valley Umbrian of olive groves.
Please note: by Italian law, driver guides are not allowed to do historical guiding of museums, monuments and city sights. Therefore, city visits are to be considered free tours.