Assisi holds an extraordinary heritage rich in art and history. An important part of that patrimony is hidden beneath the streets of modern Assisi where it is possible to immerse yourself in the glorious past of a timeless city. Under the Piazza del Comune – the main square guarded by the Minerva Temple (1st c.B.C.) – it is possible to explore Assisi’s Roman Forum. Nearby there are also two important Roman houses – the Domus di Properzio and the Domus del Lararium.

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Rocca Maggiore: the Medieval fortress was begun in 1365 by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz who was charged with unifying the Papal States. According to legends, the hilltop where the fortress lies was formerly the center of an ancient acropolis. Pinacoteca Comunale: the art gallery, within Palazzo Vallemani, holds a remarkable collection of Medieval and Renaissance frescoes…

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The primitive convent of St.Francis houses some of the most ancient artworks belonging to the very beginning of the Franciscan Order. In 2000 the museum was reorganized chronologically and now more clearly leads the visitor through the Order’s history…

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The “Museum of the Indians of the Amazon” is located near the Convent of the Immacolata Concezione of the Friars Minor Capuchin. It was opened in 1973 by Father Luciano Matarazzi, thanks to the gifts received by the missionaries who visited Assisi returning from missions in the Amazon. In 2011 the Capuchin Friars of Umbria decided to turn the traditional missionary museum into an interactive…

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Conferita il 21 Dicembre 2000The City of Assisi, the Papal Basilica of St. Francis, the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the other Franciscan sites are Unesco World Heritage Sites since 2000.

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Assisi Itineraries

The Assisi office of Culture and Tourism created this guide in order to help the visitor to discover the usual and the unusual city. The “Roman Assisi” hidden underground and the ancient buildings of power – “Palazzi del Comune” – on the main square are milestones of Assisi history.