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The area was first settled in approximately 1000 BC by a large number of immigrants. The city was established by the Romans in 295 BC, then called "Asisium," the ruins of which are still visibly integrated into the modern-day city.
People Born in Assisi
Assisi in Other People's Lives
Anthony of Padua: After a ship taking me back to Portugal was blown into Sicily by a storm in 1222, I decided that God would not wish me to waste my time in Italy, and headed here to the hometown of my hero, Francis of Assisi. I requested that I be accepted into a friary there, but, too humble to tell them of my extensive studies of Franciscan theology, the priests only took in my sickly appearance - I was still recovering from a serious illnesss I had contracted in Morocco - and sent me away to a hospital in Forli.
Francis of Assisi: I was born here in 1181, and stayed here for much of my time as a child and young man. It was here that I gradually transformed from a flamboyant, carousing young man into a religious figurehead.