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Assisi, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare offers many opportunities for tourists who visit it.

It is located on the slopes of Mount Subasio, above the plain where the Topino and the Chiascio flow. Despite boasting an origin of the Roman era, the current aspect of Assisi has certainly been determined by medieval development.

The oldest part of the town is protected by a defensive system consisting of eight fortified access gates and a long city wall, still in excellent condition, which belongs to two castles: the Rocca Maggiore and the Rocca Minore.

Very important buildings of worship are the Basilica of San Francesco, the Basilica of Santa Chiara, the Church of San Pietro and Il Duomo.

On the Piazza del Comune of Assisi, located on the ancient area of ​​the forum, we find the Palazzo dei Priori of 1337, the thirteenth-century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the temple of Minerva.

Very interesting are the places linked to the life of San Francesco, such as the Eremo delle Carceri, immersed in a dense oak and holm oak forest on the slopes of Subasio and the Convent of San Damiano, built around the oratory in which tradition Crucifix has spoken to the Saint.

Finally, in the plain, the imposing Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli was built on the project of the Atsi between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola Chapel, the poor meeting place of the first Franciscan friars.

The events, which animate the heart of Assisi during the year and allow visitors to get to know its history and tradition, are many and varied.

In May there is Calendimaggio, a medieval re-enactment with lots of competitions between the two factions of the city – Parte di Sopra and Parte di Sotto – processions, theatrical performances, music, folk dances and performances by the flag-wavers.

On June 22nd, the Festa del Voto, which commemorates the expulsion of the Saracens from Assisi by Santa Chiara, and at the end of August, the Palio di San Rufino takes place, which instead resumes the time when Assisi was divided into third parties and proposes parades and shows of flag-wavers, tambourines and crossbowmen.

In September there is the Cavalcata di Satriano, with the jockeys in period costume, and the International Festival for Peace, while the biennial march for peace Perugia-Assisi takes place between September and October.

On October 3rd and 4th there is the Feast of Saint Francis, celebrated on 3rd and 4th of October, with solemn religious and civil ceremonies in honor of the patron saint of Italy.