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Assisi    and its history date back to the Umbri, a people who are believed to have been the original inhabitants of Umbria.  Although  the facts about their history are debatable, it appears that the Umbri were conquered by the Etruscans in the 5th or 4th century B.C.

For many visitors, however, the early history is unimportant as Assisi has been made famous by its native son, Saint Francis, who was the founder of the Franciscan Order and also known as the patron saint of animals and ecology.




The Basilica of St. Francis, which includes the remains of St. Francis of Assisi, and the Sacro Convento comprise Assisi's famous religious shrine.  See both the Upper and Lower Basilicas as both are interesting and beautiful.  If you make the stop, also see the Basilica of St. Claire, which, for a time housed the body of St. Francis, and now is dedicated to St. Claire who converted upon hearing St. Francis preach.  Assisi is an active pilgrimage town for Catholics, so expect larger crowds here than you will find in many of Umbria's towns.


The left photograph  below shows the  castle fortifications in Assisi called the Rocca Maggiori (Major Fortress).  The castle was  built  in the 12th century and later altered  to include the tower seen at the end of the rampart.  On the right, is one of a number of pleasant street scenes that you will see in Assisi.



From the Piazza del Comune  in Assisi you can see the Palazzo Capitano del Popolo (the clock tower on the left) and  the Temple of Minerva (the columned building).  The Temple dates from the 1st century BC.

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