What to see in Assisi in one day, strolling in the town

Hello, Maura here!

Today I want to reveal the best sights for your walking tour in Assisi. I Hope you’ll appreciate the advice!

I think that Assisi is one of the spiritual and artistic highlights of Western civilization. Yet there is so much more than that. It is, quite simply, one of the prettiest Medieval hamlets you will ever see.

So if you are eager to take a walking tour of Assisi, I’ll let you explore the town through my eyes. Here are the top sights you really can’t miss.

1. Papal Basilica of St. Francis

Assisi’s “jewel in the crown” is the grandiose Basilica Papale di San Francesco (Papal Basilica of St. Francis), one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in all of Christendom. You’ll understand why when you see the vast, breathtaking frescoes by Giotto, the most famous painter in Medieval times.

He rediscovered the art of creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface and was the most powerful story teller of his day; his work is still considered to be a fundamental reference point for the development of all Western art. Imagine the amazement of the locals when his revolutionary artwork was unveiled in the 13th century! Some had to touch it before they would believe it was actually flat.

After such an awe-inspiring experience, you’ll love to go quietly behind the scenes to witness the simple, contemplative lifestyle which the Franciscan brothers still follow as taught by their master, St. Francis 800 years ago. Over the last twenty years some of the brothers have become my friends. Whenever our paths cross, they are always very happy to stop for a chat.

2. Basilica of St. Clare

Afterwards, wander through the narrow meandering streets to the Basilica di Santa Chiara (Basilica of St. Clare), the simple church where you can still admire the Crucifix of St. Damien which spoke directly to St. Francis and whose powerful message of peace and love of the environment still speaks to us today.

Moving on to the next stage of the ideal walking tour in Assisi, if time permits, my favorite experience is stopping by one of the terraces that face the whole Umbrian valley. I love watching the sun go down and sense the deep spirituality of its unspoiled nature.

From here you can see tiny, rural churches silhouetted against the skyline and witness the almost miraculous transformation as Assisi’s ancient pink streets and buildings turn to gold.

3. Rocca Maggiore Fortress

With a little walk up the hill you can get to the Rocca Maggiore, a fortress that overlooks the historical town center of Assisi. The fortress is a lively example of 14th century military architecture, built in Albornoz style with a square plant and a Polygonal Tower. The structure has been expanded over the centuries with a surrounding system of walls and towers.

It is not merely an example of well preserved architecture: the Rocca Maggiore offers one of the most stunning views of Umbria. From that height, you can admire the Umbrian Valley exteding from Perugia (north) to Spoleto (south).

Would you like to explore Assisi with a good travel companion? I would be happy to take you across the most beautiful sightseeing of my region.

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