Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare, it has become famous throughout the world as a universal center for the Franciscan message of peace and brotherhood. Built in the typical pink stone from Mt. Subasio, Assisi lives in and shares with visitors its atmosphere of profound spirituality made unique in all the world by the history and faith of its saints.
In the year 2000 Assisi was declared part of the World Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO. Among the many monuments that make Assisi one of the Italian tourist destinations most richly endowed with art are the Basilica of St. Francis, a cornerstone of world religious devotion, the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Rufino. Standing on the main square are the Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo with its Civic Tower and the Temple of Minerva. Just outside the walls and dominating over the town is the superb Rocca Maggiore, a fortress built by Cardinal Albornoz on top of an older structure from a feudal castle.
There are places connected with the life of St. Francis that can be visited such as: Carceri Hermitage, set in a thick wood on the slopes of Mt. Subasio, Convent of San Damiano, Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola and the Chapel of the Transito where St. Francis died. For nature lovers there is the beautiful Mt. Subasio Regional Park, established to protect an area of great environmental value and permeated with a mystical atmosphere.