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A Town Which has Remained Unchanged

Dec 25, 2007
Assisi is a town in Italy. It is Italy's prime tourist attractions and a simple and peaceful town with a rich religious heritage. It is a medieval city that has remained unchanged for centuries and it is still protected by the city walls.

The city of Assisi is situated on a hill and is connected to the rest of the country by a well developed network of roads.

The shops display a variety of local arts and crafts, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and reproductions of medieval weapons and tools. Religious items are best purchased at the gift shop behind the lower level of St. Francis basilica. Embroidery and chocolate manufacturing are also typical of the area.

The crafts industry of the town continues the tradition of the working of wrought iron, copper and wood. The embroidery known under the name of Punto Assisi decorates tablecloths, handkerchiefs and bed linen with simple yet elegant motifs. Assisi work is a type of counted-thread embroidery and was named after the village of Assisi in Italy where the method originated.

The Town has a lot of traditional festivals such as the medieval celebrations at the beginning of May. The Easter celebrations are very picturesque.

Assisis cuisine is based on simple food prepared with olive oil meats, particularly from locally farmed animals.

The Basilica of St. Francis is an upper basilica built about a lower basilica built above a crypt. The upper basilica, an open Gothic church, offers a series of large frescoes that narrates St. Francis's story. The lower basilica you can find an abundance of frescoes by Martini, Giotto, and Lorenzetti. The ceiling above the altar bares a series of paintings the presenting allegories of the Franciscan vows. At the end of the candlelit stone hall is a small collection of kneelers. These kneelers face a section of earth that was not removed when the crypt was constructed. Instead, the ground was left in place, along with what it contained the bodies of St. Francis and several of his close friends.

Oratorio dei Pellegrini, Matteo di Gualdo, was responsible for the painting on the outside wall, frescoed the scenes on the altar wall, and one Pierantonio Mezzastris did the ceiling and side walls in 1477, with miracle scenes of St. Anthony Abbot on the left and St. James on the right. The three saints frescoed on the entrance wall were once attributed to a young Perugino.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Assisi Rental Site
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