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The story of St. Francis and the artistic heritage of the towns in Umbria


Bettona is a charming village in the district of Perugia and is included in the list of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Walking through the village we can see the Palace of the Podestà dating back to 1371. It houses the municipal art gallery that includes several archaeological finds, ceramics and many paintings. Among the most famous paintings there are the paintings by Perugino: The Madonna of pity and St. Anthony of Padua.


In Passaggio, a fraction of Bettona, there’s the Villa del Boccaglione. This beautiful residence in neoclassic style was built in the eighteenth century and is one of the largest villas in Umbria. It’s surrounded by a beautiful garden and a park. Today it houses exhibitions and temporary installations.

Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi


Assisi is rich in art and history and offers many interesting points. There’s the Basilica of San Francesco, which houses the tomb of the saint, patron saint of Italy. The tradition says that St. Francis chose the point where to be buried, and right there the basilica was built.

The Basilica of Santa Chiara is a Gothic church built in the thirteenth century. Attached to the church there’s the cloistered convent of Santa Chiara, or Protomonastery, where the saint lived for many years.

Basilica of Santa Chiara, Assisi

The Hermitage of the Prisons is located on Mount Subasio and is the place where St. Francis and the other brothers gathered in prayer. The hermitage is surrounded by woods in a charming and quiet place, which still inspires peace and serenity.


In Spello we can visit the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Inside we can admire the frescoes by Pinturicchio painted in 1500 in the Baglioni Chapel. The frescoes depict the stories of Mary and Jesus’ childhood and are divided into three main scenes: the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Shepherds and Jesus’ dispute with the doctors.

Piazza Silvestri, Bevagna


In Bevagna we can walk in Piazza Silvestri, one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Umbria. It is also called Piazza Maggiore, is surrounded by the Palazzo dei Consoli with the theater, the Church of St. Sylvester and St. Michael’s Church.

The Church of San Silvestro, dating back to the twelfth century, is a beautiful example of the Romanesque style and has an unfinished facade. Inside it consists of three naves separated by simple settler.


The town of Montefalco, in the district of Perugia, is located on a hill surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Famous for the production of its wine, it offers many places to visit as the Door of St. Augustine, the Tower of Verziere, the Museum of San Francesco, the Church of St. Augustine.


Perugia, founded by the Etruscans, is rich in history. We can admire the magnificent Arch of Augustus, the Rocca Paolina, the Fontana Maggiore, the Tower of the Fortress, the medieval walls, the Palazzo dei Priori and many other monuments, palaces and churches that will make the visit to this town an unforgettable experience.

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