The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the must-see main attractions, which can be accessed via a short walk from our farmhouse. This magnificent building dating back to the 13th century is one of the most important places for pilgrims and lovers of sacred art, but also for all those who want to immerse themselves in the true atmosphere of the city. The basilica consists of two overlapping levels: the Upper Basilica and the Lower Basilica.
The Upper Basilica, with its imposing portal and grand central rose window, is renowned for its spectacular frescoes by Giotto and other Italian Renaissance artists that narrate the life of St. Francis, as well as stories from the Old and New Testaments. The Lower Basilica, on the other hand, is a more intimate and spiritual place: in fact, it is in the Crypt, accessed by stairs located halfway down the nave, that the Saint’s remains are kept. The Basilica of St. Francis is located in Assisi’s Upper Square and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the wonder of the Umbrian territory.
Also within walking distance is the Basilica of St. Clare, another jewel of Assisi that attracts tourists with its Gothic architecture and historical-religious significance. Built in the 13th century next to the ancient church of St. George, the site of the first burial of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Basilica is dedicated to one of the most beloved figures of the Franciscan Order, the first and most faithful disciple of the Poverello of Assisi. Inside the basilica, visitors can admire the 14th century frescoes, the charming cloister decorated with roses, and the crypt where the remains of the saint rest.
This sacred place exudes a tranquility and spirituality that has always captured the hearts of visitors, making the visit a profound and inspiring experience.