In the very heart of Assisi, just a few metres from St. Clare's square, you see an ancient 14th century stone arch to your left with a massive wooden Franciscan door of the 18th century.
Just above the arch there is a shrine dating back to 1330 portraying Our Lady and Jesus, St. Francis, St. Clare and other two Saints, St. Biagio and St. John the Baptist, by the same painter who decorated St. Damiano cloister (another very important religious monument in Franciscan history).
This is the entrance to San Crispino Historical Mansion, the only historical residence in Assisi. Which has been the home of three different fraternities between the 14th and the 20th century: Fraternity of the Disciplined of Saint Maria Maggiore otherwise called Vescovado (14th- 18th century); Fraternity of S. Biagio (15th- 16th century); Fraternity of the Saints Crispino e Crispiniano (18th- 20th century).
Seven indipendent suites named after the naturals elements of the Canticle of the Creatures: Brother Fire, Mother Earth, Sister Moon and Stars, Sister Water, Brother Wind, Brother Sun and Beatitude.
Each unit has been created n a really evocative part of this Mansion, respecting original medieval vaults and arches so that the guests can experience the real charm of the past during their stay and enjoy the history and traditions of the magic town.
Original terraces and arches, the old but perfectly restored roofs, views of the small streets of Assisi, its churches and the green valley around Assisi... wonderful postcards from your room windows, terrace or garden. In your suites, decorations, old paintings, original frescoes painted by great local painters who used the same technique used by Giotto in the Basilica of St. Francis. A wise relationship between the old and the new, the past and the present.
Both in the entrance yard and in the two gardens (one 500 sqm garden and, on the upper level, another 250 sqm garden) you feel protected by a warm hug between old medieval walls and roman walls and ruins. You will discover an endless landscape from your rooms at San Crispino and enjoy the blue sky above you which will open your hearth and your mind.
The 7 units have been decorated with ancient furniture, paintings, precious carpets, fabrics and curtains...all this will contribute to make your stay at San Crispino a wonderful and unforgettable holiday experience.
Here you can experience the pleasure of eating at an old Fratino style table, sitting on a real wooden choir bench, using old lamps, wooden chandeliers and wrought-iron candle holders of several centuries ago. At the same time you have a sat TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer, kitchenette, mini bar, comfortable sun chairs on your terrace and in your private garden.
From this ancient medieval complex, you can enjoy a superb panoramic view: on your left, the wonderful façade of the Basilica of St. Clare, on your right the evocative view of S. Maria Maggiore, on the back the Dome of Chiesa Nova and St. Rufino Cathedral, on the top, the imposing Rocca Maggiore and, on the front, the green Umbrian valley surrounded by soft rolling hills. After you close the heavy entrance door and find yourself in the complex, you have the feeling of losing space and time: you are steeped in a silent, evocative and intimate atmosphere. You are in an ancient but perfectly preserved structure with all the comforts you may desire for your stay. You can sense ancient memories in one of the 7 independent apartments named after the elements of St. Francis' "Canticle of the Creatures": Frate foco (Brother Fire), Madre Terra (Mother Earth), Sora Luna e le Stelle (Sister Moon and Stars), Sora Acqua (Sister Water), Frate Vento (Brother Wind), Frate Sole (Brother Sun) and Beatitudo (Beatitude).Le Residenze d'Epoca in Umbria
The suites have been accurately furnished with ancient furniture, paintings, carpets and draperies in style, in order to make your holidays in San Crispino unique and unforgettable, an unforgettable warmth. You can experience the pleasure of eating on a Fratino-styled table or sitting on a walnut choir bench; you can illuminate your apartment by using lamps made out of ancient wooden candlesticks and wrought iron candle-holders of hundreds of years ago; at the same time, you can enjoy modern facilities.
In the 14th century, ten Confraternities (Disciplinati o Flagellanti o Battuti) were active in Assisi: some of them were founded at the beginning of the century, others maybe at the end of the century.
This shows how the penitential movement, which started in Perugia in 1260 thanks to Brother Raniero Fasani, was particularly active in Assisi because of the presence of the Franciscan Friars in town. The oldest available document concerning the Confraternity of St. Maria del Vescovado is dated 1354 and can be found in the land register of the goods belonging to the churches of the entire territory of Assisi.
In an atmosphere that features art and good taste, the Domus Book Cafe, is characterized by the alternation of black and white reminiscent of the ancient Roman Domus.
The warm hospitality and pleasant soft music, wrapped in a relaxing atmosphere, it's ideal for reading books and enjoy the excellent products that Umbria has to offer.
The dishes that we prepare at the moment, are composed of selected local products with the intent to assure the highest quality.
Then wait ... for small events, live music evenings, but also to end a day of work, there is nothing better to be tempted by the flavors of Umbrian land in this dreamy ambiance.
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