Piazza del Comune
Piazza del Comune
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This lively and well-preserved square is the heart of Assisi's social, cultural and political life.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,967 contributions
May 2022
Piazza del Comune centrally located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by ancient Roman and medieval buildings. There’s a lot to see here, concentrated in the one spot and it can be easily seen on your way to or from the Basilica of St Francis (a short only a 10-15 minute walk away).
The highlight here is the surprising ancient Roman Temple of Minerva. It’s strikes you immediately because it is so well preserved. Unexpectedly, the facade is only a shell and inside, is the 16th century church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. It’s quite a strange thing to see.
Nearby is the Museo Civico, which is only a small local museum but part of it extends under the piazza allowing you to see the remains of the Roman forum that was once the thriving centre of the Roman settlement.
Alongside the temple, and towering massively over it, is the Torre del Popolo (1305) and the 13th century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo.
Opposite is the 14th century castle-like Palazzo dei Priori and Palazzo del Governatore.
An unusual and quirky sight at the piazza is the Volta Pinta. A tunnel-like vault, it linked the piazza with the city’s brothels until 1453 when it was sealed off at one end with a brick wall. Later the vault was painted with detailed frescoes that covered the roof with tiny figures and patterns in scenes that are known as grottesques. This is only a very quick stop while you are here, but it’s an interesting one.
Written December 6, 2022
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JOHNNYFRY
Bendigo, Australia63 contributions
Sep 2022
Piazza del Comune has the most impressive buildings wrapped into one magnificent open air history lesson. The 1st century Roman Temple of Minerva: the 13th century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo: the 1305 Torre del Popolo and the 14th century Palazzo dei Priory. Then there is the Roman Forum underneath your feet that not many people know about. which encompasses the original Roman paving and the base of the ancient Temple of Minerva. There is a small cost for entry but well worth a visit.
Written September 17, 2022
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Bob J
Southport, NC951 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Central piazza giving you a choice of roads to travel. The former Temple of Minerva sits there and was likely the church a young Francis attended (based on paintings). A few decent restaurants on the piazza, though stores seem to keep their own schedules. Lots of traffic passing through, so exercise caution.
Written May 24, 2022
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AlterSchwede13
Boblingen, Germany1,546 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Dolce vita ... the obstacles are the tourists (oops, we are some ourselves!), but away from this: sit down, take your espresso, ice cream and enjoy
Written October 30, 2021
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LRS D
32 contributions
Jul 2021
Beautiful fountain, some great restaurants and wonderful people watching in this square. Take a closer look and you will see everything from the repurposed Temple of Minerva and the Tower of the People to the ancient city buildings still in use for civic purposes. You will find pharmacies, the grocery store and chalk drawings within steps. You might catch visiting groups singing in early evening.
Written September 1, 2021
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Bear H
Williamsburg, VA1,306 contributions
Dec 2019
Right across from the church of Maria sopra Minerva there is an excellent stationary store with great selection of note cards and local maps. It is in the shop with the tile sign advertising the local bicycle touring club
Written December 20, 2019
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Rosy
Spello, Italy22 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Missing Assisi, missing my friends, missing my love!
The little streets, the flowers, the smell, the colors, I miss it all.

As I promise: soon I´be back ;-)
Written July 21, 2019
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Edwelsh
North Canton, OH4,482 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Highlighted by the Roman columns, this square is the perfect gathering spot for rendezvous spot, a meal, grabbing a gelato or late night drink. Groups sitting around talking, singing, praying. Monks strolling through all the time.
Written July 17, 2019
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Myriam Saia, Malta
Island of Malta, Malta17 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Very artistic square especially the frescoes on the archway on the opposite side of Minerva Temples. Practically mid way between Basilica of St Francis and Basilica of Santa Chiara
Written June 11, 2019
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,100 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This is the central plaza of Assisi located at the top of Via San Francesco. The city government occupies the main building on the plaza--the Palazzo del Commune, a 13th structure palace. There is a central fountain as well along with a few souvenir shops and a cafe or two. Wouldn't say this is a must see but any tour of Assisi probably goes through this piazza.
Written May 31, 2019
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