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Assisi is known to the world as the birthplace of St. Francis, and is today visited by devout Italians and holidaymakers alike.
The town is built on a traditional Tuscan hillside, with the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi perching at one end. Above it stands the 12th-century Rocca Maggiore fortress, which clings onto the steep hillside. The basilica is why most people visit, and with an incredible array of attractions including two churches, a crypt and numerous frescoes spread across a vast medieval complex, it’s easy to see why it was given UNESCO’s seal of approval.
Elsewhere in the town, you’ll find quaint piazzas, rustic churches and winding lanes that beg to be explored. The town is especially magical at dusk, when the sun’s dying lights paints the town amber and the day trippers leave.