Assisi fresco restoration

Giotto frescoes Assisi, 15 March - A three year restoration of frescoes in Assisi has unveiled a faint set of initials which could prove that the paintings were the work of the medieval master: Giotto.

The frescoes, depicting Mary & the baby Jesus, St John the Baptist and St Francis adorn the walls of the chapel of St Nicholas in the Basilica of St Francis, a place of pilgrimage for centuries.

Experts who worked on the frescoes, which were damaged in an earthquake that hit Assisi in 1997, have found initials “GB” which they believe stand for Giotto di Bondone.

Giotto, considered the father of the Renaissance, was born in 1266 also painted the famous frescoes of the life of St Francis in the upper church of the Basilica of St Francis which is a World Heritage listed monument.

Vita Italian Tours have an extended stay in Assisi each year in September during the “Best of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche Tour” where we visit Giotto’s frescoes in the Basilica of St Francis.