Town Square in Assisi live camPanoramic view of Town Square with the Lion Fountain and Torre del Popolo

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  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Jill

    Where are all the Umbria cams Spello, Bastia Umbria etc.

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Penny Lethbridge

    Thank you all at Skylines...Happy Christmas and Blessings ! x

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Bill Smith

    Thanks Elq! That seems like a reasonable explanation. The Christmas decorations look nice but that new blinking neon sign above the entrance to the restaurant to the right of the fountain looks a bit tacky.

  • avatar
    • 8 months ago
    • elq

    Erratum: It is Unto Assisi, an annual event that the celebrates the first crushing of olives for that year, which includes foods which compliment olive oil, and show cases the local artisans, craftsmen, and farmers. (Punto means point, as in il punto, so punto Assisi means point Assisi)

  • avatar
    • 8 months ago
    • Bill Smith

    Edward
    I tried as best I could to figure out what that sign said but gave up. Thank you for solving this mystery for me. I knew it wasn't there for All Saints Day since it had been up for quite a while prior to then. I was sure it must have been some kind of festival. Oddly though, there were people moving around in that tent as late as 4am some days. Oh well, thanks to both you and C.A. Lidgley for responding to my question.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Edward

    Bill Smith
    Look again on the web and search for the word that was pinned to the tent. Add the name of the town and you will have 'punto Assisi'.
    I believe it was a festival of petit point.

    I may be wrong!!!!!

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • C A LIDGLEY

    It is the 1 November - All Saint's Day, and I found this link:
    https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/italy/all-saints-day
    It is a public holiday. Hope this helps.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Bill Smith

    We visited Assisi this past June and just love this webcam. If anyone knows why the big white tent is there in the square please post an explanation. I have been looking all over the internet to find out but have been unable to do so. Thanks.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • C A LIDGLEY

    Ever since I discovered these webcams I have 'visited' Assisi almost everyday. I have been 6 times to this beautiful place and hope to return once more in 2017. What I would really like to see is a view of the Piazza Santa Chiara - there are already two at St Francis' Basilica - Santa Chiara would just make things perfect!

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Lynne Scobbie

    think this cam has been slightly altered and gives an even better view. looks like an interesting market today - wish I was there :)

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • John sharkey

    Sunday 18th sept,it's absolutely woopin it down

  • avatar
    • 12 months ago
    • Maria de Fatima

    Te vejo desde Teresópolis, cidade serrana do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil! Sempre estamos aqui junto com a população de Assis! Viva a Webcam! Um beijo a todos os italianos de Assis!

  • avatar
    • 12 months ago
    • warwick

    still my favourite

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Lynne Scobbie

    Late night revelries, still going strong at 2am!

Town Square in Assisi

Assisi (Perugia), is worldwide known for being the birthplace of St. Francis (San Francesco d'Assisi), the Patron Saint of Italy, and St. Clare (Santa Clara), the founder of the Poor Sisters (after her death the Order of Poor Clares), the ancient origins of the city bring back to the 9th century B.C.

Built by the Romans and known as Asisium, it became a flourishing municipium but after their fall it was destroyed by the barbarian invasions, conquered by the Byzantine Empire and then the Lombards; in the next years Assisi underwent a series of vicissitudes concerning the papal dominion and the dispute of Guelphs and Ghibellines, moreover it was constantly involved in a series of battles and conflicts, only from the 16th century it knew a period of peace under Pope Paul III. As "hospital city" during World War II the city was spared from bombing, so a quantity of disguised Jewish refugees moved to Assisi where, thanks to the support of priests and nuns, were hidden in monasteries and churches and so saved from the Holocaust.

From the 17th century Assisi became an extremely lively cultural center due to a variery of academies and artistic activities taking place even today; it has been a popular Catholic pilgrimage destination for centuries and still today one of the most beautiful places of peace, millions of people, inspired by the life of the Poverello, make pilgrimage every year to the tomb of St. Francis and the 13th-century St. Francis Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the strength of the spirituality struck even Pope John Paul II who strongly delegated to it the role of Capital of Peace and Dialogue.

The historical center of Assisi is relatively small but very lively, the most beautiful meeting places are found around the central Town Square (Piazza del Comune), really a source of pride for its citizens; located on the ancient area of the Roman forum, today it is the heart of the social, cultural and political life still well preserved and entirely surrounded by medieval masterpieces of extraordinary beauty, splendid monuments and stone houses that have witnessed the historic evolution of the city from its most remote origins, in detail: the Roman Forum (Foro Romano), dating back to the Ist century B.C., lays beneath the Town Square, through the Vaulted Hall (Sala delle Volte) the visitor will have the opportunity to admire the whole structure enriched by unique archaeological remains from the Roman period included the original paving; the Prior's Palace (Palazzo dei Priori), overlooking the square, was built in 1337, originally it hosted the old Magistracy, provided residential space for the Priors and its ground floor was used for shops while today houses the Town Hall and the Municipal Art Gallery; destroyed and rebuild more than one time today it appears as the union of pre-existing buildings dating back to different ages, the beautiful facade is decorated by emblems while the interior is embellished with impressive Giotto's frescoes, the palace also includes the Painted Vault (Volta Pinta), a splendid passageway enriched by Raffaelino del Colle's decorations (16th century); the Captain Palace or Palace of the Captain of the People (Palazzo del Capitano), dating back to the 18th century, represented the heart of the medieval life in Assisi, originally built to be the office of the Commander of the City Army and later become the residence of the Pope's Vicar, hosts today the International Society of Franciscan Studies; the clock on the facade and the Bell of Lauds engraved with the Canticle of the Creatures are magnificent elements decorating the stunning People's Tower (Campanile Civico la Torre del Popolo, 1305); the beautiful Lion Fountain by Giovanni Martinucci (1762); the Palace of the Post (Palazzo delle Poste) built in 1926 in a medieval style and the famous Temple of Minerva (Tempio di Minerva) dating back to the 1st century B.C., the most perfectly preserved facade in Italy still surviving after over 2000 years; this temple was also used as residence for monks and municipal jail to be later transformed into the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva during the 16th century, with its six splendid Corinthian columns it proudly dominates the whole square.

Cam on-line since: 05/03/2013