The breathtaking scenic beauty, architectural splendor, and spiritual legacy of Assisi make it one of the most treasured places on earth. Written by an experienced tour leader, this guidebook blends practical tourist information, historical background, full-color illustrations, maps, and street plans with explanations of the spiritual importance of each place and moment of the early Franciscan movement. Episodes from the lives of St. Francis, St. Clare, and their followers bring to life a corner of the world that has offered hope and inspiration for more than 800 years. All the major Franciscan sites are described in detail: -The basilicas, piazzas and hidden gems of Assisi -San Damiano -Greccio -La Verna -Gubbio -Lake Trasimeno and many other sites. Those wishing to explore further afield may also follow Dean's suggested excursions to other Umbrian attractions as far as Rome, Florence, and Siena.