Assisi, is a beautiful, fortified medieval town perched on top of a hill in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Most known for being the birthplace of St Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order and St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Sisters.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, the city has a stunning mix of well-preserved Medieval, Gothic and Romanesque architecture, all seamlessly weaved together by the local white and pink stone.
The main attraction for tourists and pilgrims is the Basilica of San Francesco, a sprawling multi-level church with amazing frescos. My personal highlight was the less ostentatious Basilica of St. Clare, with its large round rose window and simple Gothic interior, dedicated to a female saint, uncommon at the time when male saints were most commonly worshiped, it was an early movement towards equality.
It was impossible to take an ordinary photo in Assisi; the quaint meandering streets, adorable shops and cafes and white-washed buildings set against the lush green Umbrian countryside.