Saint Francis, with his message of love, simplicity, non-materialism, and environmental sensitivity, looms large over Assisi. Tributes to Francis are everywhere, from the fantastic Basilica San Francesco to the town square where he grew up, the wooden crucifix that changed his life, and the church dedicated to Santa Chiara, one of his most important followers and founder of the Poor Clares. There is much more to see as well. The town of Assisi is beautifully preserved and rich in history, with Roman ruins to medieval towers. There are peaceful views of the Umbrian countryside and extensive back lanes to explore.