On our way back to Rome, we stopped in the Umbrian town of Assisi. This town is most famous for Saint Francis and the basilica built after Saint Francis's death to commemorate the man who founded the brotherhood of the Franciscan monks. This town definitely has the religious pilgrimage factor to it, but beyond that, it was a very enjoyable town. The day was warm and sunny and it was really nice to spend it strolling around and taking in the sights. Our first stop, of course was the Basilica of Saint Francis. The church was built between 1228 and 1367 B.C. The walls and ceiling of the church are covered with frescoes depicting 1) the life of Saint Francis and 2) scenes from the old and new testaments. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures of the interior.
The Temple of Minerva, built in the 1st century B.C., originally a Roman Temple but is now the church of Santa Maria:
Some images of the town:
We also climbed up to the fortress, the Rocca Maggiore, which sits high on the hill and overlooks the town of Assisi and the Umbra Valley on the other side.