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The Via di Francesco

A pilgrim walks a stretch of pathway between Spoleto and Ceselli on the Via di Francesco.

Beloved among all saints, Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) shone an enormous light onto medieval Italy. A child of prosperous merchants in the Umbrian hill town of Assisi, Francis abandoned the life of a young knight and took on a radical form of Christianity that led some to call him, “The Second Christ.” Francis preached throughout Italy and Europe, but many key episodes in his life were within 100 or so kilometers of his hometown.