Assisi - Assisi is the famous birthplace of San Francesco, a symbol of the peace around the world. The city was one of the ancient Umbrian centers, fighting with the nearby Etruscan cities; it was a Roman city named "Asisium." In fact, there are monuments of that period such as the 'Temple of Minerva,' and the ruins of the 'Amphitheater.' The city was a Free Town during the XII century, and it was in this period (1182) that Giovanni di Bernardone (Saint Francis) was born. He influenced life, religion and culture of Assisi, and later of the entire world. At the beginning of the XVI century Assisi was included in the Papal State until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy (1860).