Pilgrimage to Assisi
Assisi, in the center of Umbria, the green heart of Italy, is inextricably linked to San Francesco. Born in Assisi in 1182, he spent most of his life in the woods of Mount Subasio and in the surrounding countryside.
Every year, thousands of faithful from all over the world come here to make the pilgrimage known as the “Cammino di Assisi”. It is a journey of about 200 kilometers that retraces the most significant stages of the life and work of the Saint and through landscapes of extraordinary beauty.
Assisi, city symbol of peace among peoples and absolute respect for nature. The periods suggested to complete the “Cammino di Assisi” are spring and summer, but faithful and tourists can go to Assisi and other Franciscan sites in all seasons. The celebrations in honor of St. Francis, Patron of Italy, take place on October 4th of each year.
Once in Assisi, the atmosphere of the “spiritual homeland of Italy” will be able to arouse strong emotions.
The visit to the places of San Francesco can begin with the Rocca Maggiore: situated on the highest point of the village, it is the ideal place to admire the enchantment of the surrounding countryside and the perfectly preserved medieval site of Assisi. Continue with the Roman Amphitheater and the Duomo: it is here that Saint Francis and Saint Clare were baptized. It is therefore the time of the Basilica. Divided into two sections, it boasts unmissable frescos of the fathers of Italian art: Giotto and Cimabue.
The upper basilica hosts meetings attended by representatives of all religious denominations; in the lower basilica you will visit the crypt with the relics of St. Francis.