Interior of San Damiano
The church of San Damiano does not have a great importance under the artistic point of view, especially if you compare it with some of the basilicas of Assisi, however it is a place that is a critical link in the history of both Saint Francis and Santa Clare. Saint Francis hid himself from his father who was obstructing his monastic choice in the cave under the edifice.
Photo 2 - the refrectory where Saint Clare and the nuns ate their meals.
Houses in Assisi
One of the things I really like about Assisi is the stone houses lining up the streets. It feels like travelling back in time and you are in some Medieval town. People don't make houses like these anymore.
Day in Umbria
"See the Umbrian countryside from Assisi"
From the hills of Assisi you can look down on the gorgeous countryside of Umbria. So even if you're not looking for a religious experience, the views, the people and the artistry of this city will keep you entranced.
Assisi is located about half-way up mount Subasio and dates back to the Etruscan period. It was a Roman outpost and was often at odds with its' neighbor, Perugia.
Assisi is now regarded highly for its Catholic history, having been the home (and now burial places) of Saints Francis and Claire. The churches dedicated to the saints are filled with fantastic frescos, stained glass and marble art.
We found the people in Assisi to be very friendly, despite the heat of the mid-July afternoon. After coming from busy Florence, it was nice to slow down a bit, wander through the local shops and talk with people. They were very patient with our broken Italian.
Assis is built on a hill, so expect to do plenty of walking up and down. Enjoy the great views of the Umbrian countryside from the high points in the town.
Religious artwork can be seen on the sides of buildings as you wander the city streets. the town is not large, so just take some time to wander around.