A town of 30,000 people and a history dating back the Neolithic. Assisi is a world-renowned town.
It has been under Roman, Byzantine, Lombard rule as well as a free city. Between 1181 and 1182, it was the birthplace of Francis – son of Pietro di Bernardone and Madonna Pica – the future saint who, with his deeds, left his mark on the area and on humanity.
Sacked by Piccinino in 1442, it was divided into noble factions between the so-called upper part and lower part and in the 6th century passed under the rule of the Papal States.
Today the town is not just a centre of Christianity, but represents an important crossroads for religious ecumenism. The Basilica of St. Francis has become a papal see.
St. Francis’ Wood (Bosco di San Francesco) is the last stop on the route of the Olive Belt Trails.