Get back on the road and go to Assisi, the spiritual centre of Umbria with the grand Basilica of San Francesco, the prototype for all future Franciscan churches. Stop in at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the city's first cathedral, and the Bishopric, where the celebrated artist Giotto painted frescoes in the main Basilica, as well as in the Santa Croce church in Florence. From the crypt you can gain access to the Roman remains of what is known as the Home of Properzio, with mosaic floors and frescoed walls.
Once you leave the church you go uphill to enjoy the lovely panorama steeped in history and art, breathtaking and truly unique.
The Cathedral of San Rufino is located in the higher part of town, and has a splendid facade embellished by Umbrian stonemasons in the 12th century, a triumph of ideal classic harmony. Inside is the baptismal font where both St Francis and St Claire were baptized. And that is the beginning of another great story.