"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." − Francis of Assisi
Nestled in the majestic hills of Umbria, Assisi is a small town of immense beauty and spiritual significance. In 1182 St. Francis of Assisi was born in this hilltop village and eventually dedicated his life to non-materialism and simplicity. Join us in discovering the beloved stories of Italy's patron saint and the vital artwork produced by Giotto, Lorenzetti and Martini in the saint's honor at the Basilica of St. Francis. Assisi is a unique example of distinct Italian characteristics where religion combines with masterful art, nature's illustrious setting perpetuates a sense of serenity and architecture presents us with layers of history.
The birth place of St. Francis and St. Claire, our walking tour through Assisi brings a feeling of peace and tranquility. Known as "the town for peace", Assisi's energy is contagious and you can relish in its harmony. However, its pre-Franciscan history is not as amiable: beginning in 1000 B.C., the Umbri and Etruscan people settled here before the Romans took power, then the Goths, Byzantines, Longobards and then the Holy Roman Empire. On this tour we will investigate Assisi's history and importance in Italy. Our tour guide will help you discover why this medieval town, with a population of only 3,500 people, receives over four million pilgrims and tourists each year. The World Heritage Centre honors Assisi as "a fundamental reference point for the development of Italian and European art and architecture" and has named Assisi as one of the world's great landmarks since it "represents an ensemble of masterpieces of human creative genius." The work of formative artists in Assisi remains crucial to the historical timeline of art; in particular, we will experience frescoes and paintings by Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Giotto. We will visit the Basilicas of St. Francis, St. Claire, and St. Mary of the Angels- where we will invite you to experience this special city's history and symbolism. We will walk through Piazza del Comune, where St. Francis' message of peace and tolerance lives on. A tour of Assisi is an enriching and an enlightening encounter indeed.