City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Assisi

Sitting high on the hills in the Italian region of Umbria, the town of Assisi made history in the 12th century as the birthplace of St. Francis, one of the key saints of the Catholic world. Attesting to this fact is the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis dominating the city center and housing the crypt with the saint’s remains. To see this and other religious and architectural sights of Assisi, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Assisi (See other walking tours in Assisi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: leticia
Piazza del Comune

1) Piazza del Comune (must see)

The Piazza del Comune, located on the site of the ancient Roman Forum, is considered one of the most representative medieval Umbrian urban realizations. Dominated by the imposing Rocca Maggiore , the rectangular square begins at the end of Corso Mazzini which links it to the Basilica of Santa Chiara .

Piazza del Comune is an amazing shopping spot in Assisi, where you will find such interesting stores as Mondo T-Shirt, Marini Souvenir and Kéramos. Here you will find cool t-shirts, nice souvenirs and gifts, as well as wonderful Umbrian and Italian ceramics, textiles and tapestries.
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church

2) Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church (must see)

Santa Maria sopra Minerva Church represents a gorgeous Parish church dedicated to St. Mary. This magnificent church contains parts of the originally built Roman shrine, which originate from the time of Augustus, as well as six impressive Corinthian columns and the striking Roman façade.
Torre del Popolo

3) Torre del Popolo (must see)

Torre del Popolo is situated in the center of the city, on Piazza del Popolo, and displays a beautiful tower and historic landmark. Its construction dates back to the second half of the thirteenth century, while the clock was installed in the mid-fifteenth century.
Teatro Metastasio

4) Teatro Metastasio

Teatro Metastasio is located in the central part of Assisi, on Piazzetta Verdi. This wonderful venue holds 430 seats and is open all year; here you can enjoy the finest local performances and cultural events in the charming atmosphere.
Pinacoteca Comunale - Municipal Art Gallery

5) Pinacoteca Comunale - Municipal Art Gallery (must see)

The Municipal Art Gallery or Pinacoteca Comunale contains a big number of paintings from the 14th to the 17th century. It is housed in the 17th century Palazzo Vallemani. Artists represented in the collection include Giotto, Andrea d'Assisi, Puccio Cappana, with the frescoes often featuring a definite Bynzantine and Umbrian influence. It is situated in the heart of Old Town Assisi and next to the Piazza del Comune.
Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

6) Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (must see)

The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor, commonly known as the Franciscan Order in Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. The burial place of St. Francis, the basilica, is one of the most important sites of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. The basilica, which was begun in 1228, is built into the side of a hill and comprises two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church, and a crypt where the remains of the saint are interred. With its accompanying friary, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. The interior of the Upper Church is important as an early example of the Gothic style in Italy. The Upper and Lower Churches are decorated with frescoes by numerous late Medieval painters from the Roman and Tuscan schools.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Abbey of Saint Peter

7) Abbey of Saint Peter

Monastery of San Pietro or St. Peter’s Abbey is situated on San Pietro Piazza. Originally built by the Benedictines in the tenth century, the church was restored in 1954 and presents beautiful Romanesque–Gothic style. This striking religious building houses six tombs and fine frescoes of the fourteenth-fifteenth centuries.
The Abbey undergrounds house a museum. Built on the Roman ruins, these older rooms are used for exhibitions. Of local importance is the Well of Martyrs where the bodies of San Vittorino and companions were thrown. The museum displays a collection of art that includes ceramic works of Italian and foreign artists on the theme "St. Francis and the Nativity in contemporary art".
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

8) Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (must see)

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is situated between Piazza del Vescovado and Porta Moiano. The church was originally founded in the 10th century, while the present building dates back to the 12th century. Beautiful frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries and a late Medieval, 9th century sarcophagus are still preserved here.
Casa Natale di San Francesco

9) Casa Natale di San Francesco

Located just a few steps from Chiesa Nuova, in the heart of the Assisi’s historic center, Casa Natale di San Francesco is the original house of Saint Francis of Assisi. This prominent Italian deacon and the initiator of the Italian literary tradition was born here on July 5, 1182.
Corso Giuseppe Mazzini Street

10) Corso Giuseppe Mazzini Street

Corso Giuseppe Mazzini Street is located in the center of Assisi and is home to several pleasant shops, including Anna Rita Roberti Shop, ARS Style, Furiani Assisi and POIESIS. Here you will find original and striking souvenirs, wonderful Assisi embroidery, fine jewellery, typical Umbrian ceramics, pottery and other interesting objects.
Via Santa Chiara

11) Via Santa Chiara

Via S. Chiara (Santa Chiara Street) houses wonderful local shops, including Francesco Vincenti and Sailor 89 stores. This beautiful Assisi street will offer you amazing souvenirs and fabulous hand painted ceramics in the finest Umbria tradition, as well as tapestry work, hand woven textiles and embroidery on linen.
Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi

12) Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi (must see)

The Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi (Santa Chiara Basilica) was established between 1257 and 1265 and represents fine Italian Gothic style. Its exterior features pink and white stones, as well as massive supporting arches. Inside the church you will find precious frescoes, dating back to the XIIth to XIVth centuries.
Museo Diocesano e Cripta

13) Museo Diocesano e Cripta

The Diocesan Museum and Crypt of St Rufino or Museo Diocesano e Cripta is situated in Palazzo dei Canonici, near the Cathedral of San Rufino. The museum was founded in 1941 by bishop Placido Nicolini, and displays frescoes of the thirteenth century, liturgical vestments, sacred vessels, sarcophagus of the third century A.D., paintings and other precious exhibits.
Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino

14) Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino (must see)

Assisi Cathedral, dedicated to San Rufino is a major church in Assisi, that has been important in the history of the Franciscan order. In this church Saint Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Clare (1193) and many of their original disciples were baptised. It was on hearing Francis preaching in this church in 1209 that Clare became deeply touched by his message and realized her calling. Tommaso da Celano related that once Saint Francis was witnessed praying in this church while, at the same time, he was seen jumping on a chariot of fire in the Porziuncola.

This stately church in Umbrian Romanesque style was the third church built on the same site to contain the remains of bishop Rufinus of Assisi, martyred in the 3rd century. The construction was started in 1140 to the designs by Giovanni da Gubbio, as attested by the wall inscription visible inside the apse.

In 1228, while he was in Assisi for the canonization of Saint Francis, Pope Gregory IX consecrated the high altar. Pope Innocent IV inaugurated the finished church in 1253.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Major Fortress (Rocca Maggiore)

15) Major Fortress (Rocca Maggiore) (must see)

The Major Fortress or Rocca Maggiore is one of the most prominent landmarks of Assisi. It was restored for several times. Dating back to ancient times, it is situated on the city’s hill, providing dazzling views. This former military structure often hosts exhibits and art shows.

Walking Tours in Assisi, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Assisi

Create Your Own Walk in Assisi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Assisi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Assisi Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Assisi Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Assisi is a great sacred destination, being the birthplace of St. Francis, St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci) and Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. This wonderful city houses a number of striking religious buildings, which date back to the 17th century at the time of Augustus. Take the following tour to visit the most outstanding religious buildings in Assisi!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Assisi Cultural Walking Tour

Assisi Cultural Walking Tour

Although a small town, Assisi boasts a number of museums and art galleries, and is home to several cultural venues, which will be interesting for everybody. Take the following tour to visit the most prominent cultural venues in Assisi.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Assisi Shopping Spots Walking Tour

Assisi Shopping Spots Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
East Assisi Self-Guided Tour

East Assisi Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km