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Perugia Turismo

Franciscan Itinerary

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From the historic centre of Perugia, where, in Piazza Matteotti, within the Loggia dei Lanari (1), a plaque remembering Francesco’s imprisonment can be found, you reach San Francesco al Prato convent (2), with the homonym church, former Pantheon of the illustrious families of the city and at present an auditorium.

Within the convent are the remains of Braccio Fortebracci, “signore” (lord) of Perugia. From here you enter to the close Oratory of San Bernardino (3), belonging to the Franciscan order where the remains of beato Egidio, friend of san Francesco, are guarded.

Reaching the Elce district, you meet the most ancient Franciscan settlement of the city, the former church of san Francesco delle donne, that is at present the site of the Hand Weaving Workshop – Museum Giuditta Brozzetti (4). Climbing up, at the beginning of corso Garibaldi, a plaque remembering the supposed encounter between san Domenico and san Francesco can be seen. Passed through the gate of Sant’Angelo (cassero), you reach the Convent of san Francesco al Monte (5), with its monumental and rich library. Another place still holding Franciscan testimonies is the former Convent of Monteluce (6), formerly of the orders of the Benedettine and the Clarisse Damianiate, inside which are frescos on san Francesco, santa Chiara and their followers.

Going down towards Fontivegge, along via Luigi Canali, the Convent OASIS (7) of the capuchin friars of Umbria is found, with an interesting library of about 60.000 books, specialized in biblical and theological sciences.

From Fontivegge, follow the E45, direction Cesena, exit Bosco, direction Colombella. After a little while the Convent of the Santissima Pietà in Farneto (8), donated by the Benedectine friars to San Francesco.

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