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The Roman ruins, sacred shrines and religious resonance of Assisi make it one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. World renowned as the birthplace of the revered Catholic Saint Francis, the beautifully preserved churches and winding, Medieval streets give this touristic Italian town a sacrilegious serenity that is further imposed by the verdant Umbrian hills that surround.
Irrefutably, the most revered and remarkable sight of Asissi is the Basilica of San Franceso, one of the world’s most attractive and alluring Christian monuments; filled with fabulous frescos by prominent artist Giotto, the church exudes sacred serenity and offers an aesthetically spectacular and spiritually intense sight. A plethora of picturesque churches pepper the lush green ground of Assisi, many of which can be enjoyed from the excellent vantage point of the Piazza Inferiore; historical highlights include the San Damiano Convent and the idyllically isolated woodland church of Eremo delle Carceri.
Within the cathedrals and churches reside religious artefacts detailing the life of sacred St. Francis, however the Museo Civico swaps religion for Roman ruins and offer visitors an extensive and enthralling collection of Roman artefacts that include historic urns, embellished tombs, elaborate stone carvings and delicate ceramics. It’s a refreshing breath of something a little different and is housed within an equally impressive architectural example.
For a remarkably rustic taste of typical Italian cuisine, sink into the somnolent and seductive street side restaurant of Trattoria de Erminio, famed for its hearty portions of grilled meat cooked over an open fire. Wooden tables are covered in classic checked table cloths and the high quality ingredients sing saintly praises to the senses with their rich and robust flavours.(Via Montecavallo 19, Assisi, Italy)