If you are travelling through Umbria region driving one of our vintage car, enjoing natural landscapes, countryside and hills, you will meet on the top of one of them, the worldwide famous Assisi, one of the best preserved medieval town, where in 1181 Saint Francis, Patron of Italy, and in 1194 Santa Chiara, were born.
Still nowdays it is an important religious center and a site of international meetings for World Peace.
Since 2000 Assisi has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Do not miss to visit Basilica of San Francesco, divided in the upper church and the lower church, that houses the amazing frescoes by Giotto and his assistants and others works by Cimabue, Simone Martini.
Giotto was deeply touched by the humanism of message of Saint Francis, and this involvement changed the way of painting human beings, relationship between the figures in space, expressing feelings, and “telling stories” about humans, either common people, nobles or saints.
Also religious subjects became more human, leaving behind a more static iconography and giving birth to a new art history period and a different vision for the painters from then on.
Walking the streets in Assisi, you will find interesting historical buildings, corners that brings you back of centuries, romantic alleys, and you will meet people from all over the world.
Enjoy the shops where to buy local crafts, ceramics, pottery, and food specialties such as dried pasta, cured meats, umbrian chocolates.