Pilgrimage to Assisi

Pilgrimage to Assisi: the places of St. Francis in Assisi


Start your visit to Assisi by the marvellous Basilica, divided into two sections, with unmissable frescoes by the Masters of Italian Art: Giotto and Cimabue. The upper basilica hosts meetings to which attend the exponents of all religious confessions; In the lower basilica you will visit the crypt with the relics of St. Francis.

The visit to the places of San Francesco, can continue with the Rocca Maggiore: Situated on the highest point of the village, ideal point to admire the enchantment of the surrounding countryside and the medieval plant, unchanged over the centuries, of Assisi. Continue with the Roman Amphitheatre and the Duomo, where Saint Francis and St. Clare received baptism.


Other fundamental stages of the pilgrimage to Assisi are: the Convent of S. Damiano, the Porziuncola in Santa Maria Degli Angeli, the Hermitage of the prisons, the sanctuary of the stripping and  Rivotorto. Spirituality, the sense of mystery and the indissoluble bond with the territory, is also breathed in the landscape that encompasses Assisi, in its woods and valleys where the saint used to retire to pray and meditate: Inspired by Umbria, he composed the famous ” Canticle of the creatures. ”

Recommended is the deviation along the paths of the park of the Mont Subasio, where comes the “pink stone” with which were erected hermitages, abbeys and churches of the district.


The “Way of St. Francis” is a pilgrimage that leads from Assisi to the Rieti Valley, another corner of central Italy closely connected with the terrestrial story of the saint. It is in fact in Greccio that in Christmas of 1223 St. Francis made the first living crib of history, recreating the atmosphere of the birth of Jesus, in a cave, in Bethlehem. In about 80 kilometres of this itinerary, you will visit:


1) The City of Rieti

2) The Sanctuary of Greccio

3) The sanctuaries of Poggio Bustone and Fonte Colombo

4) The Sanctuary of the Forest

Pilgrim,age to Assisi
Pilgrimage to Assisi
Pilgrimage to Assisi
Pilgrimage to Assisi
Pilgrimage to Assisi

Continue Reading

Holy week in Assisi

Celebrations for Easter Triduum in Umbria are several, encompass and involve different spots, from the small mountain village to the main town. Everywhere in the region, you could participate to unique as well as particular religious and not religious rites, deeply rooted in the past of the area.

The Holy Thursday is the day when Jesus’ Last Supper and his prayer on the Getsemani’s mountain is recalled: the Chrism’s Solemn Mass will be celebrated in Assisi and there will be a blessing of the Holy Oils that will be used to celebrate sacraments during the year. In the evening, after the first mass of Easter Triduum, worshippers will visit the several churches of Assisi to pray in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Later, recalling the ancient 14th century Scavigliazione’s lauda, the ceremony of Christ’s Deposition will take place in Assisi. On Friday morning, if you’ll stay in Assisi, you will be able to participate to the procession during which the Dead Christ’s Statue will be moved from the St. Rufin’s Cathedral to St. Francis’ Basilica, through intermediate stages in enclosed monasteries.

In the Holy Friday’s evening people will pray in Assisi during the historical and inspiring procession of the dead Christ: a procession accompanied by torches which will see the participation of all Assisi’s brotherhoods. The parade will start from St. Rufin’s Cathedral just with the Lady of Sorrows’ statue. After the stage in the St. Francis’ Basilica the Dead Christ’s statue will be also carried in the procession.

An evocative procession will take place in Gubbio in the Holy Friday’s evening and it is deeply rooted in the 13thcentury: during the celebration, only lit by the torches’ light, the symbols of Christ’s Passion, that is the pictures of Dead Christ and of the Lady of Sorrows, will be carried in the procession, accompanied by two choirs singing the Miserere.

The solemn Stations of the Cross will take place in Montefalco, on the Holy Friday, in the inspiring Sanctuary of the Star’s Lady, whereas during the Holy Saturday’s Mass, in the St. Bartolomeo’s Church, you will be able to see a very peculiar event, half-way between the religious worship and the popular tradition: whilst the Gloria will be sung, the 18th century wood statue of the risen Christ will burst into the church, on the shoulders of some running sedan chair bearers, the ostiaries will slam the doors and the church will blaze with light and colours, accompanied by the tolling of bells’ all over the city.

Spello will open its doors to art, in order to celebrate the Holy Week, with the Author’s Stations of the Cross: the fourteen stations of the Cross will become a source of inspiration for national and international artists who for the occasion will make paintings to place in the most significative places of the historical center. The stations of the Cross include some stops in front of paintings to listen to the evangelical message of the Risen Christ.

An almost theatrical performance of Jesus’ life will take place in Città della Pieve on the Easter Sunday and Monday with the Living Pictures: the traditional performance of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection will take place in the undergrounds of Orca Palace and will see the participation of about 40 figures. In each hall of the palace you will be able to relive all the steps of Passion, with specific reference to the Last Supper, the prayer in the Getsemani’s garden, the Ecce Homo, the Flagellation, the Piety and Resurrection. You will be able to notice that each scene is inspired by a painting of the Italian pictorial tradition of 16th and 17th century.

Continue Reading

Assisi Travel Groups

Spiritual exercises
Spiritual retreats
Religious events
Training camps for young people
Cohabitation and Community Walks
Trips from the parishes, schools and companies
Holidays for groups and associations of families
Holidays for Religious and Ecclesial Communities
National and international Conferences
for the development of peace between peoples
Meetings of Catholic associations
Meetings and interfaith partnerships
Courses of religious themes
Rituals and liturgical celebrations
immersed in the spirit and Franciscan dimension
Tour-stays between faith, culture and art in Assisi, Rome, and Florence
Experiences, Classical courses and food and wine itineraries Umbria
• Visit places of historical and artistic interest
Summer camps and sports associations
• Relaxation
Contact with nature
• Fun

Continue Reading

accommodation groups assisi

Accommodation Groups Assisi

Villa Santa Tecla has a wealth of experience in welcoming tourist groups, groups on pilgrimage, groups of associations; with its 37 rooms for a maximum capacity of 80 people, the two dining rooms, three common rooms suitable for aggregation and encounter, as well as the private Chapel for the liturgical celebrations of the groups, the possibility of half-board or full-board, Villa Santa Tecla is the ideal solution visiting Assisi and Umbria for school trips , religious groups, school camps and summer camps for children and families, retreats and spiritual retreats, groups that you will find the perfect setting to spend great moments.

Offer Assisi   Year 2017

DSC_0452 (FILEminimizer)Saleservizi69ASSISI-2

During August and September, the great opportunity to visit Assisi for the first time or to learn more about the beautiful and welcoming town Serafica that never ceases to amaze! Choose a stay at Villa Santa Tecla, House commissioned by the Diocese of Assisi for the reception of the faithful in an ideal location in the green heart of Italy, Umbria and seize the very last minute special offer in the period:


From 1 March to 30 november 2017

  Package groups thought for those who choose to stay in a pleasant, functional and relaxing at an unbeatable price. • Overnights in rooms with bathrooms • Breakfast (coffee, cappuccino, croissants, jam, honey, yoghurt, fruit juice) • Half board or full Board based on traditional Umbrian dishes • Drinks included • A free ticket for every 20 participants • Children 0–4 years free • Children 4–10 years 20% discount • Bus parking/car interior and free • Wi-Fi   Plus: FREE GUIDE SERVICE!   On request: reservation service Holy Masses using our facility  

Price per person 3 days/2 nights half board € 36

Price per person 3 days/2 nights full Board € 41

• No single room supplement up to n° 6 • Groups of at least 20 paying persons/2 nights


Contact us now !




Continue Reading


Via Santa Tecla Palazzo di Assisi, Perugia (ITALY)

Phone: +39 (0) 75 80.38.282

Fax: +39 (0) 75-8039441

E-mail: info@villasantatecla.it


Dove Siamo