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The City of Assisi

A town of N central Umbria: 43°03.9N, 12°37.4E. Altitude: 505 m. Population in 2003: 25,600.

[image ALT: A view of a medieval city from maybe 300 meters above it. The city spreads over two hills and the hollow between them, and several castles and churches can be made out. It is a view of Assisi, in Umbria (central Italy), from Mount Subasio.]

A view of the city
from the road up Mt. Subasio to St. Francis's hermitage.

Assisi is a small town made very rich by St. Francis, the apostle of poverty.

In lieu of a formal summary of her history and monuments, for now the article Assisi (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911) will have to suffice here; but here are the beginnings of a more personal look at her:

[image ALT: The hub of a 12‑spoke stone wheel, in the center of which a kneeling angel. It is the central rose of the three on the façade of the cathedral church of S. Rufino in Assisi, Umbria (central Italy).]

[ 2/22/07: 14 churches, 8 pages, 26 photos ]

Between 1994 and 2004, I've taken lots of photographs of the churches of Assisi; at a glacial pace, I'm starting to put them online, and occasionally some text to go with them.

[image ALT: A 2‑storey-tall curved wall. It is the minimal remains of the Roman amphitheatre of Assisi.]

[ 4 pages, 12 photos ]

The Roman remains include a very well preserved temple, traditionally referred to as the "Temple of Minerva"; but there's also an amphitheatre, tombs, inscriptions, a Roman cistern; and a piece of the Forum, made somewhat more striking by being underground.


For historical reasons, Assisi is one of the larger comuni in Umbria, carrying with it from the Middle Ages into modern times a long list of subject towns and hamlets. Many of these places are very small, a few hundred inhabitants if that; as elsewhere in Italy, those that have a certain administrative identity of their own are frazioni of the comune (singular: frazione, literally a "fraction"): a complete list of them follows. I've been thru several of these small places in trains, cars, and buses, but few on foot, so links are likely to be offsite.

Armenzano • Capodacqua • Castelnuovo • Costa di Trex • Colle delle Forche • Eremo delle Carceri • Morra • Palazzo • Paradiso • Passaggio d' Assisi • Petrignano • Pianello • Pieve S. Nicolò • Porziano • Rivotorto • Rocca S. Angelo • S. Damiano • S. Gregorio • S. Maria degli Angeli • S. Maria Lignano • S. Vitale • Sterpeto • Torchiagina • Tordandrea • Tordibetto

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