Posted on August 19, 2012

Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi (Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi) as seen from the Lower Plaza of St. Francis

Perched atop the western flank of Monte Subasio, Assisi is a fortified town in the Umbria region of Italy. Its history stretches from 1000 BC to the present day and had been settled successively by the Umbrians, Etruscans, went under Roman and Papal control and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I couldn’t quite capture its unique charm on a short two hour visit and being seated on the wrong side of the bus (not to mention at noon), but I particularly like this capture of the town on Wikipedia.

Stairs leading up to the entrance of the upper basilica

Entrance to the upper basilica