Via San Francesco
Via San Francesco
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A great place for a stroll, this scenic street in the heart of Assisi is lined with beautiful residences, shops and interesting buildings from centuries past.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,886 contributions
May 2022
Via San Francesco is the main and most direct way to walk to the Basilica San Francisco. It links the Basilica with Piazza Del Comune. It’s a good route to take.
Approaching the basilica, you get the best front-on view as it starts to appear in the distance. We imagined that this is how the early pilgrims would also have seen it as they reached the end of their long travels.
Along the way, you pass an interesting and colourful mix of historical sights and local architecture. There are boutiques and galleries with Tuscan pottery, art and fabric, alongside souvenir shops with an incredible range of religious artefacts, all stamped or printed with St Francis. Spotting the oddest St Francis souvenirs can be a pretty good game. There are also cafes, restaurants and plenty of opportunities for gelato.
We started at Piazza del Comune. The piazza was a highlight. There is so much to see in the one spot, including the ancient Roman Temple of Minerva, the Torre de Popolo and the castle-like Palazzo de Priori
Overall, Via San Francesco is an easy walk. It is a gentle downhill slope to the basilica and will take about 10 - 15 minutes.
Written December 8, 2022
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bwf
njusa54 contributions
Jun 2022
Good intro to Assisi, coming away from the Basilica. Lots of souvenier/tourist shops--better shopping farther on closer to Piazza Comune. With a guide we learned about the age and architecture of buildings along tge way, including ancient renovations. Manageable uphill trek.
Written June 29, 2022
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carmelarose
plattsburgh, ny108 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
Assisi is divided into 2 parts very distinctly, new and old. the new part has a McDonalds on the corner. In contrast, the old part that is walled will not let you drive in (unless you are staying at a hotel, and then only to drop off luggage). Via San Francesco stretches most of the way through the old part and includes historic and religious sites as well as both nice and tacky shops. Park at the plaza and tAke the bus to the top. then walk down toward the basiica san francesco. Once there, walk this street back out toward the new section. 2-3 hours should do it. Lots of opportunities for pictures. It was crowded in October, I can't imagine what it would be like in summer as the streets, shops and restaurants are very small.
Written February 1, 2014
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MissyPA71
Wilmington, NC1,451 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Via San Francesco in Assisi takes you a good way through the town and allows for some great sight-seeing, photo ops, and shopping. Lots of crowds by mid-afternoon so an early start (before 10:30am) is a better way to go. Stores are open by then and you can browse with a little bit more room around you. Ended the walking tour by the Basilica di S. Francesco. Great visit.
Written July 23, 2013
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Ddaisy77
Dorset, UK77 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
Lovely street to walk down / up if you're walking around Assisi. It's got some lovely architecture and courtyards and views here and there. It's surprisingly open to local traffic and we had to duck- in to doorways to avoid cars! Many little boutique shops and tourist souvenirs shops. Some of them look nicer than others (some of them look like most of their goods are imported from Asia).
Written March 26, 2013
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4historyandculture
Charlotte, NC1,512 contributions
Jul 2021
Main street of this historical town. Merchants are all business. The corner restaurant wanted us to make a reservation for lunch😎
Written August 18, 2021
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Viktor B
Split, Croatia775 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
One of the most famous towns in Italy is Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a home town of St. Francis. Assisi holds an extraordinary heritage rich in art and history. An important part of that patrimony is hidden beneath the streets of modern Assisi where you can immerse in the glorious past of the timeless city. Under the Piazza del Comune – the main square guarded by the Minerva Temple (1st c.B.C.) – it is possible to explore Assisi’s Roman Forum. There are also two important Roman houses nearby – the Domus di Properzio and the Domus del Lararium.
Rocca Maggiore: the Medieval fortress was begun in 1365 by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz. According to legends, the hilltop where the fortress lies was formerly the centre of an ancient acropolis. Pinacoteca Comunale: the art gallery, within Palazzo Vallemani, holds a remarkable collection of Medieval and Renaissance frescoes.
The convent of St. Francis houses some of the most ancient artworks belonging to the very beginning of the Franciscan Order. The museum was reorganized chronologically in 2000 and now it leads the visitors more clearly through the Order’s history. Take the time to walk among Assisi's medieval houses and shops. Most of the cobblestone streets and alleys will take you to the remains of glorious hitory of Assisi.
Written July 30, 2018
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SandyM053
Johannesburg, South Africa270 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
Visiting Assisi - then take time to stroll down Via San Francesco. Street is cobblestoned and lined with shops, cafés & restaurants. Great for purchasing those little gifts you want to take back home. Not to be missed.
Written January 10, 2014
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Joe K
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon68 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
This street includes everything that one would like to do in Assisi, from restaurants to stores and souvenir shops.
It starts at San Francesco basilica and ends at Santa Chiara basilica.
Written July 25, 2013
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Brian W
Retford, UK223 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
Assisi in general will blow you away, make sure to walk, better then having to watch where you are driving!!
Written June 6, 2013
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