Cortona, Assisi & Santa Maria degli Angeli
In Cortona, Assisi & Santa Maria degli Angeli We'll drive you!
The incomparable beauty of Umbrian landscapes and the Basilica of Assisi, dominating the surrounding landscape, are just one of the many emotions that await you
Piazza della Republica on the east side is the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale with its characteristic clock tower, today symbols of Cortona, which was erected in the sixteenth century. The bell tower was built together with the imposing stairway to the palace. Also in the square we find the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, (the tallest of the square) a splendid building used as residence of Cardinal Passerini in the 16th century. We move in the communicating Piazza Signorelli, where the Palazzo Casali (XVI century) resides, On the right of Palazzo Casali stands the Teatro Signorelli (19th century), in neoclassical style, enriched by a beautiful arcade with seven arches. In the south-eastern part of Cortona we find Piazza Garibaldi: where at its center is the obelisk dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, from here you can enjoy a unique view of the Val di Chiana that comes to scrutinize the borders of Umbria where you can see the Lake Trasimeno, Montepulciano and on clear days Mount Amiata
Assisi, mostly known for being the birthtown of one of the most popular Catholic Saints: Saint Francis. The Basilica of San Francesco is an imposing 2-level church consecrated in 1253. The 13th-century frescoes depicting the life of Saint Francis have been attributed, among others, to Giotto and Cimabue. The crypt houses the stone sarcophagus of the saint. The remains of the Roman temple of Minerva are located in Piazza del Comune, the historic center of the city. On the slopes that dominate the city, the fourteenth-century Rocca Maggiore offers a panoramic view of Mount Subasio and the valley below. The Franciscan Hermitage of the Carceri is located in a gorge covered by vegetation within a natural park.
Santa Maria degli Angeli Tour
The Basilica of S. Maria degli Angeli was built between 1569 and 1679. Its structure incorporates the structures of the Franciscan monastery built near the Porziuncola. The church was completed in 1679 with the construction of the bell tower of the right side. The interior has three naves and has lateral chapels whose wall decorations represent the most complete collection of the Umbrian painting of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. A note of artistic and religious interest linked to S. Francis life are the Porziuncola Chapel and the Chapel of the Transit . The chapel of the Porziuncula dates back to the tenth or eleventh century. It is dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels or St. Mary of the Portiuncula. Around 1025, St. Francis established his residence restoring it and founded the Franciscan Order (1208). The top of the façade is decorated with a fresco by Friedrich Overbeck from Lubeck (1829) depicting "St. Francis begs Jesus and Mary for granting the Indulgence of the Pardon." On the right side fragments of frescoes are visible (with their Sienese influence) dating back to the fifteenth century.