Favorite thing: Via Portica is probably the most beautiful street in the town, if not, it is at least the most pitoresque one because of its complete medieval structure. The town itself is situated on the slope of the Monte Subasio and most of the streets are short, narrow and curved. I've realy enjoyed in exploring this in particularly charming town.
The old core of Assisi has medieval structure and it was enclosed by the city walls which have been destroyed during the centuries. Today, only a traces of the city walls can be seen around. There were several entrances into the city and most of the gates are very well preserved. On this pictures you can see the most of the city gates, such as Porta di San Francesco, Porta di Mojano, Porta di San Pietro and Porta Santa Chiara.
There are still 8 gates left in Assisi.
I was fortunate to visit Assisi in August of 1996 just a year before it was hit by two devastating earthquakes, that shook Umbria in September 1997 . Massive damage was caused to many historical sites.
Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Monte Subasio.
It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor Sisters, which later became the Order of Poor Clares after her death.
Favorite thing: Via San Francesco is the largest street of the historic centre of the town, it connects Basilica of San Francesco and the main square. The street is sheer in most of its length and demanding when passing in from the direction of basilica.
Favorite thing: Piazza Santa Chiara is the biggest square of the town, situated at the other pole of the historic centre right opposite to the Basilica of San Francesco. Many tourists and pilgrims use it as the resting place, especially in the hot summer days, because not many spots in the city can offer such a shade. There is a beautiful fountain in the middle of the square and many tourists use it's water for refreshing.
I had seen many churches on this trip to Italy, but the Basilica di San Francesco was memorable because I was familiar with the story of St. Francis. He had such an impact on this world and even here in California where I live. The 21 missions that are built along the coast in California were built by the Franciscan order of monks. These missions honor St. Francis with the statues and paintings found in the missions. My San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside pages under California are a tribute to the work of these Franciscan monks. The simplicity of architecture of the church in Assisi has been duplicated in these missions, and has been replicated in the mission style furniture which is popular in California.
Fondest memory: Visiting Assisi was realizing a childhood fable. Although St. Francis was a Catholic saint, he has been honored by all Christian faiths.
Favorite thing: I can't stress this enough. So many visitors you can't walk. I was lucky, I stayed 3 nights in Assisi, so I was able to see the city when the tourists finally left.