The journey of Saint Francis and Friar Thomas

in the Count of Marsi’s land


The route can start from both the Sacred Convent of Assisi and from Castelvecchio Subequo, refering to the "Statio Peregrinorum", a Franciscan building that welcomes pilgrims, giving them the "Pilgrims card" informing them of the next stage. To give value to the route, the pilgrims receive the so-called "Credential" in the form of a stamp, necessary to verify the conclusion of the entire route, and a way to provide papal indulgence to the pilgrims.
One of the peculiar characteristics of Assisi is its medieval look and its connection with the Catholic church, born and grown around the figures of Saint Francis and Santa Chiara, whom both lived and died in this city. It is not surprising that the churches are considered more than just a simple place of worship, but are in fact intimate and sacred places where you can breathe the religious atmosphere at its most sublime. In fact, here the remains of the Saints are conserved, the first in the basilica of Saint Francis and the second in the basilica of Santa Chiara. Inside the medieval walls of the city you will find an explosion of all the beauty of the historical, artistic and religious heritage, and these are the first things to admire in this wonderful Umbrian city. The walls are divided into two parts, the ancient surrounding wall built before 1200s and the external one almost immediately after. High up, on the medieval walls the Major and Minor Rocca stands out. The entrance to the historical center of the city can only take place through certain access doors. Of the many built both in the past and the present, only ten remain: Porta di San Francesco, Porta di San Pietro, Porta del Moiano, Porta del Sementone, Porta San Giorgio, Porta Nuova, Porta Perlici, Porta Cappuccini, Porta San Giacomo and Porta Perugina.
The pilgrimages towards the holy places of Christianity were developed in the medieval ages, when wayfarers walked even for months to reach their destinations. Along this path pilgrims or travellers visited monasteries, abbeys and sacred caves, symbols of contemplation and asceticism, passing through mountains, forests and ancient villages.

During the last years these religious journeys are back in fashion and of interest to travellers wishing to have a religious experience linked to a spiritual and mystic variation able to move mind and soul. Among the most important routes, we must mention Via Francigena that takes you from England to Brindisi, the final stage before reaching Palestine. The Journey di Santiago de Compostela takes you through Spain until you reach a place where according to legend the Apostle San Giacomo was buried.

Places of interest

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Sacred convent of Assisi and Basilica of Saint Francis

The Sacred convent of Assisi is one of the most culturaly important places in Italy. Visited by millions of faithfuls, pilgrims and tourists every year, it belongs to the religious complex that includes upper balisica of Saint Francis and the lower, where the tomb of the Saint is preserved. The whole complex has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site.

The basilica of Saint Francis is without of a shadow of doubt the most principal religious construction in the city, place of worship built in 1228, when Francis was declared a Saint by the Pope Gregorio IX. For many years it was home of the franciscan order, the structure has two buildings, the upper and the lower, both aligned with the tomb of Saint Francis . The upper has a Gothic mark full of light, adorned by Giotto frescoes about the life of Saint Francis . Through a gate, you will access the lower basilica, born as a burial church to host the pilgrims that came to worship the tomb of Saint Francis , characterized by a sharp atmosphere and low ceilings. Frescoes of some of the most important italian artists like Cimabue and Giotto on the vault and on the naves complete the religious, architectural and artistic value of the building. The pictorial cycle of the Old and New Testament is fine and was painted by famous artists. In 1997 a part of the ceiling of the upper basilica fell down after a strong earthquake, destroying various important works of art. But thanks to restoration effects by real professionals, the building was made safe and then restored to its original splendid state.

Beside the Sacred Convent of Assisi the majestic bell tower raises, built in 1239, characterized by a splendid game of pensile arches and cornices. Inside the structure there are seven bells, the first of them dearly called Francis.

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The basilica of Santa Chiara

The basilica of Santa Chiara was built immediately after her death around 1257 and 1265, near the church of San Giorgio that in the past have conserved the remains of Saint Francis of Assisi.

The external architecture brings to mind the gothic style that shines in the upper basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, the facade, built with local white and pink stone includes a round portal. The interior of the basilica of Santa Chiara has the form of a Latin cross with a single nave and preserves many valuable works of art, and priceless religious objects such as the “tunic of Saint Francis” and the “sandal of Saint Francis made by Santa Chiara”. The crypt is valuable and conserves the remains of Santa Chiara a destination of continual pilgrimages together with a precious crucifix that according to historic sources, spoke to Saint Francis.

cattedrale di san rufino

The cathedral of San Rufino

The cathedral of San Rufino is dedicated to the first bishop and martyr of Assisi, a principal patron of the Umbrian church. Built around the first half of the eleventh century, it is considered a fundamental religious point of reference by its inhabitants and faithful followers like Saint Francis and Santa Chiara Within its interior the remains of San Rufino are preserved.

The facade is one of the cathedral’s most important works with its Roman-Umbrian style characterized by a wonderfully decorated gate and three roses placed in the middle area.


Discover where the Sacred Convent of Assisi was found. A place that conserves the tomb of Saint Francis and a cycle of Giotto’s frescoes about the life of the Saint Patron of Italy.

The territory

Discover the Sacred Convent of Assisi and the basilica of Saint Francis, visit the tomb of Saint Francis and admire the cycles of Giotto’s paintings about the life of Saint Francis.

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Where to eat
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Where to sleep

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