Today it is called Colle del Paradiso but in the past arriving on the hill that houses the Basilica of Assisi, meant climbing the Colle dell’ Inferno, a place so-called because those condemned to death were buried here.
This is just one of the many curiosities that are linked to the place where St. Francis had decided to be buried and where, after eight years of work, the suggestive basilica that Giotto wanted to fresco was built in his honour.
Harmony, beauty and sacredness have always enveloped “the most beautiful house of prayer that the earth boasts”. Every year millions of pilgrims arrive at this mystical place in a village that is not so large, that it has also taken on the title of the City of Peace, given the mission of peace and brotherhood always carried out by the saintly poor of Assisi.
Just over 25 thousand residents, an area of about 190 square kilometres, just 25 kilometres from the regional capital of Perugia, Assisi since 2000 has become part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. Here the great director Pier Paolo Pasolini filmed “Uccellacci Uccellin” and Liliana Cavani the colossal St. Francis of Assisi. In addition to the poor saint (1182-1226), Santa Chiara was also born here in 1194.
Furthermore to the works of Giotto, it preserves the remains of the even Roman city walls together with the ancient temple of Minerva, a squared stone cistern located under the bell tower of San Rufino. But it is in the Basilica that we find the most important complex of frescoes of Italian painting from the mid-thirteenth century to the third decade of the fourteenth century. A succession of masterpieces attributed to Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti. If you visit the Basilica, which is divided into upper and lower, you cannot fail to extend your tour to that of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, equally beautiful and where the chapel of the Porziuncola is preserved. The picture gallery and the Palazzo Dei Priori are also of great interest.
If you come by in august do not miss the feast of forgiveness, that of Santa Chiara. Also extraordinary are the processions of the Dead Christ, in the Holy Week, and those of Corpus Domini.
Assisi has also a wonderful territory to visit. For your tours, you can decide to stay in a place of peace and relaxation. Like Villa Assisi. Located just one kilometre from the centre of Assisi, the residence offers all the opportunities of one of the most popular towns in Umbria, not only for the religious aspect but also for the beauty of a unique territory in close contact with nature and in what is the green heart region of Italy. Also nearby is the Castelbuono winery and, not far away, the Valdichiana outlet village. To visit the wood of San Francesco, on Mount Subasio, the Roman Domus of Properzio, the temple of Minerva, the Basilica of San Francesco and the church of Santa Chiara.
The dwelling is spread over an area of 7500 square meters and it is equipped with a garden of 1500 square meters, completely fenced, with a swimming pool 18 meters long and 7 meters wide, but also a wellness area, hydromassage and solarium area with sunbeds, umbrellas and tables, barbeque and children’s areas, both indoor and outdoor, with swings, slides, football pitch and space for practising tug-of-war. Also outside there is a covered dining area along with a nice parking lot.
Finally, we suggest Villa Parco del Subasio: it is the ideal place for those who want to find their inner peace, for those who are not in a hurry and want to dedicate a special moment all to themselves.
Ancient farm within the natural reserve of the Subasio Park, reachable through an unpaved road of undoubted beauty, this residence welcomes its guests with the discreet charm of a retreat where space and time suddenly stop to make room for everything else. Here the hours are marked by the sound of the branches of the trees moved by the wind, by the sun reflecting on the water of the pool, by the stealthy passage of some wild animal.