The Via San Francesco is the main street of Assisi. It is a street with many small stores where artisans sell their handicraft. It connects the Basilica of St. Francis with the center of the city. In addition to the stores, there are several places of interest, such as the Palazzo Giacobetti, the Oratorio dei Pellegrini and the Museo Civico.
Via San Francesco Assisi
Addresses main sights
Palazzo Giacobetti: Via San Francesco, 12.
Oratorio dei Pellegrini: Via San Francesco, 11 (Tel: +39 075 812267).
Hotel Lo Scudo: Via San Francesco, 3.
Pinacoteca Palazzo Vallemani: Via di San Francesco, 10 (Tel: +39 075 812033).
Museo Civico: Via Portica, 2 (Tel: +39 075 813053.
The Palazzo Giacobetti is the seat of the city library, where the (original) oldest poetic text in Italy is kept. The so-called Laudes Creatorum, also called Cantico del Frate Sole, and called “Canticle of the Sun” in English, was written in 1225 by St. Francis of Assisi himself.
Oratorio dei Pellegrini
Small church about halfway through the Via San Francesco. This used to be an inn where pilgrims from Rome could spend the night.
The Museo Civico is one of the few attractions in Assisi that do not deal with St. Francis, but with Assisi in Roman times. Actually, the street here is no longer called Via di San Francesco, but Via Portica.