Assisi, standing on the western slope of Mount Subasio, overlooks the valley enclosed by Chiascio and Topino rivers. Dante Alighieri mentioned Assisi in the Divine Comedy as the birthplace of the Sun: in fact, it is where both Saint Francis -who would become the Saint Patron of Italy- and Saint Clare lived and died. The area around Assisi was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic period. From the 9th century BC, it was the location of a tiny village founded by Umbrians who, according to archaeological findings, traded with neighbouring Etruscans living along the west bank of the Tiber.
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