Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St Francis, one of
Italy's two patron saints, and is perched on a hilltop surrounded
by the stunning countryside of Umbria.
With its winding streets, Roman ruins and beautiful churches,
Assisi has changed little since medieval times. It is well worth
the long walk up to the Basilica di San Francesco, which dates back
to 1230 and includes Giotto's famous frescoes and a stunning lower
chapel housing the remains of St Francis.
Almost all the four million tourists and pilgrims who travel to
Assisi each year come to see the Basilica di San Francesco, but
other sights include the 13th-century Basilica di Santa Chiara, the
12th-century Romanesque Duomo di San Rufino and the Eremo delle
Carceri monastery, situated in the woodland outside the walls of