Escorted Rail Tours to Assisi
The Italian home of St Francis
Initially founded by the Umbrian people, Assisi became an important Roman town from the 3rd century BC onwards. In 238AD the town was converted to Christianity - which would later be of great significance to the town's most famous son. Assisi had a constant battle to remain independent of Perugia in the Middle Ages, though ultimately these attempts were futile.
By the early 13th century the town was suffering a deep decline after the Black Death decimated its population. Yet at about this time, Assisi came under Papal jurisdiction from Perugia, and a number of its buildings (in a poor state after the battles with Perugia) were rebuilt in a grander style. It began to develop rapidly at this time, and soon it expanded beyond its city walls.