Scenes from Assisi, Italy

Scenes from Assisi is a gallery of images and 360 photos that bring you the beautiful scenery from one of the prettiest cities in Italy, and the home town of Saint Francis.


Featured photo: A view of a golden sunset over Assisi’s skyline.


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City Gates of Assisi / Porte della Città di Assisi

Scenes from Assisi, Italy: Porta San Francesco.
Porta San Francesco

Look around Porta San Francesco in 360 – this is what greets you once you enter the gate:

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Scenes from Assisi, Italy: Porta San Giacomo.
Porta San Giacomo
Scenes from Assisi, Italy: Porta del Sementone.
Porta del Sementone

Mountain Town

Uphill and downhill – Assisi is a great challenge for walkers and hikers.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Uphill and downhill - a great challenge for walkers and hikers.

In this mountain town, stairs or scalinata [ska-li-NA-tah] bring you to the higher levels of the city or help you get down to the town piazza.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy. In this mountain town, stairs or scalineta bring you to the higher levels of the city.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. In this mountain town, stairs or scalineta bring you to the higher levels of the city.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. In this mountain town, stairs or scalineta bring you to the higher levels of the city.

Franciscan Friars / Frati Francescani

A common scene on the streets of Assisi: Friars on the march to the Basilica of Saint Francis.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Friars on the march to the Basilica of Saint Francis.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Friars on the march to the Basilica of Saint Francis.

Curiosities

From unique street lamps to creative door knockers, and antique olive presses – walking around town can be very entertaining.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy: Unique street lamps.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.

Flowers Everywhere

A city of white, pink, and golden-hued stone buildings, and vibrant, colorful flowers.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy: A post-woman delivering mail via motorbike.
A post-woman delivering mail via motorbike.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. A city of white, pink, and golden hued stone buildings, and colorful flowers.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Colorful street scenes.

The Basilica of Saint Francis / Basilica di San Francesco

The main attraction in Assisi for the religious pilgrim, is the Basilica of Saint Francis.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy. The Piazza Inferiore (Lower Square) Basilica of St. Francis
The Piazza Inferiore (Lower Square), and the Basilica of St. Francis almost lost in the morning mist, giving it a heavenly ambience.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Archway to the Lower Basilica.
Archway to the Lower Basilica.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Basilica of Saint Francis.
The front of the Basilica of Saint Francis, entrance to the Upper church.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. The Rose of the Basilica of St. Francis
The Rose of the Basilica of St. Francis
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Basilica of Saint Francis.
Saint Francis was a soldier before he became a saint.
The Basilica of St. Francis - enveloped in the morning mist. Assisi, Italy.
The Basilica of St. Francis – enveloped in the morning mist.

I took this 360 photo of the Cloister of Sixtus IV behind the Upper Basilica, after a morning rain.

A 360-photo inside the Upper Basilica (which I took before I was admonished that taking photos was prohibited!) decorated with vibrant (sometimes fading) frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, and many other Tuscan artists.

Other Places of Worship

Aside from the Basilica of Saint Francis, there are numerous other places of worship including the Duomo or Cathedral of Santo Rufino, the Basilica of Santa Chiara (St. Claire), among others.

The Cathedral of Santo Rufino is the church where Saint Francis was baptized. See it in 360:

Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Basilica di Santa Chiara.
Basilica di Santa Chiara.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy: The parents of Saint Francis at the Chiesa Nuova.
The parents of Saint Francis at the Chiesa Nuova.

The Chiesa Nuova in 360, below:

Scenes from Assisi, Italy. Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore in the foreground, left.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore in the foreground, left.
The Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (an ancient Roman temple to Minerva repurposed into a Christian church). The Torre del Popolo stands adjacent to the Roman building.
The Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (an ancient Roman temple to Minerva repurposed into a Christian church). The Torre del Popolo stands adjacent to the Roman building.
The opulent 17th century baroque design inside the Santa Maria sopra Minerva clashes with the simple classical lines of its 1st century facade. Assisi, Italy.
The opulent 17th century baroque design inside the Santa Maria sopra Minerva clashes with the simple classical lines of its 1st century facade. Assisi, Italy.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy: The simple church of Santo Stefano. Perhaps, if Saint Francis were alive today, this would be his preferred church.
The simple church of Santo Stefano. Perhaps, if Saint Francis were alive today, this would be his preferred church.

Inside the church of Santo Stefano in 360 below, nothing ornate nor grand. Just peaceful serenity and simplicity – the true spirit of St. Francis.

Views to Die For

Scenes from Assisi, Italy: Overlooking the Umbrian valley from the Basilica of St. Francis.
Overlooking the Umbrian valley from the Basilica of St. Francis.
Sunrise on a cool morning at St. Anthony's Guest House - an Italian convent in Assisi, Italy.
Sunrise on a cool morning at St. Anthony’s Guest House – an Italian convent in Assisi, Italy.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy. An Umbrian View from St. Anthony's Guest House - an Italian convent in Assisi.
What seems like heaven in Assisi, on a cool spring morning.
Scenes from Assisi, Italy: A tower in the morning mist.
A tower emerges in the morning mist.

If you hike up the scalinata of Vicolo San Lorenzo near the Cathedral of Santo Rufino, it’s less than half a mile to the Rocca Maggiore and a view of the entire town of Assisi.

Scenes from Assisi, Italy: at the Rocca Maggiore
At the Rocca Maggiore

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2 Replies to “Scenes from Assisi, Italy”

    1. Grazie Alex. I love your town and hope to visit it again soon (after covid in my hometown USA, that is). I hope tourism is picking up in your side of the woods. Stay safe!

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