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The Roman City of Assisium


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The west, or hillside, wall of the Roman amphitheater.


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The center of Assisi is the Piazza del Comune; and where other Italian towns often have beautiful medieval halls, Assisium has the Temple of Minerva.


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Assisium was important enough to have a fairly large amphitheatre: it's not quite what you'd expect, but it's the real thing, even if there's a restaurant and a large garden inside it.


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The Duomo of S. Rufino preserves Roman remains of its own: a Roman cistern, a chunk of the sarcophagus of St. Rufinus, the first bishop and now patron saint of the town, martyred in 239; Roman inscriptions, etc.


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Pretty minor, and about 5 km out of town, but still within the comune and still Roman, the Roman tomb of Castelnuovo.


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Site updated: 18 Jun 05