Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order, and of St. Clare who founded the Poor Clares. The Basilica of St. Francis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is just one of the wonders to be visited in this well-preserved medieval town.
St. Francis was born in 1182 and it is in Assisi that you will visit the most notable landmarks associated with his life. In 1206, while praying before the crucifix of the damaged church of St. Damian, St. Francis heard the divine command to rebuild the Church and so repaired the churches of St. Damian, St. Peter and the Porziuncola – a part of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the core of the first Franciscan monastery where St. Clare received the Franciscan cowl from St. Francis in 1211. The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels also contains the Chapel of Transito, where St. Francis died on October 3rd 1226. The Basilica of St. Claire was constructed between 1257 and 1265 and contains the famous Crucifix so beloved by St. Francis and the body of St. Clare, which is preserved in the crypt.
- Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
- Local time: GMT +1 hour
- Airports: Naples (NAP); Rome (FCO); Bologna (BLQ); Venice (VCE)
- Languages: Italian; many people speak English
- Climate: Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and short mild winters
- Voltage: 230V A/C, Sockets outlets and sockets of Type and Type F 2 pin, and Type L 3 pin are used.
- Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Italy must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities