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The history of Assisi started in 1000 BC when the first Umbrian settlement was founded on this rich land. The Etruscans occupied the area and ruled for 200 years. When the Romans started to conquer central Italy they created a prosperous city. Their presence is still visible, thanks to the many well preserved buildings, which include villas, an amphitheater and the City walls. Until the 13th centuries those were the perimeter of the town.
In the Medieval times the city was under the papal jurisdiction. The Rocca Maggiore, an imperial fortress, was rebuilt to ensure stability. Assisi continued its development during the Renaissance as many 17th century palaces can testify. The city is now mostly famous for the numerous and beautiful churches, its spiritual allure and last but not least amazing food and wine!
Assisi’s fame is strictly connected with the story of S. Francis. The Saint is famous all around the world not only for his religious fervor but also for his love for nature and his messages of peace.
In 1997 two devastating earthquakes hit the region. Immense damages were caused to several historical sites, but the restoration has been extraordinary.
In 2000 the UNESCO nominated the Franciscan complex of Assisi a World Heritage Site.
Things to see
The city offers you many attractions. The famous Basilica of San Francesco is unique being composed by two different churches, the Upper and the Lower ones, plus a crypt where for almost six hundreds years the remains of Saint Francis were hidden. The Basilica of St. Clare in contrast exemplifies simplicity. Very distinctive is the city’s Cathedral dedicated to St. Rufino, who was martyred after he converted the city to Christianity. The Basilica is partly built on top of a Roman cistern.
There is more to Assisi than just religious history. The Rocca Maggiore Castle dominates the city from a hill; the views from its towers are breathtaking. The Roman amphitheater now houses a beautiful garden, while in the Piazza del Comune you will find beautiful examples of medieval Palazzi and a beautiful 16th century fountain.