Few other places in Italy can offer so much evidence of the development of Christian spirituality like here in Umbria. From St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scolastica to St. Francis and St. Clare not to mention St. Rita and St. Valentine, St. Ubaldo or Mother Speranza. Umbria has always been known in Italy as the land of Saints and this is the reason why it has always been a beloved land for pilgrims coming from all over the world. The message left by St. Francis still fascinates millions of people around the globe and though left 800 years ago, it is very actual, and it is not by chance that the present Pope has chosen such a name.. Artists influenced by Francis’ approach to spirituality and his personality as well as by the other Saints have shown in the course of centuries in their works of art the intensity and new religious spirituality using a new artistic language that often led to some of the greatest achvments of art. If you want to understand how art and spirituality intertwine visit Assisi , the National Painting Gallery in Perugia, Collegio del Cambio in Perugia and the numerous churches and museums of this land. Instead if you are interested to understand the new message of the mercyful love do not miss a visit to Collevalenza’s Sanctuary. This Jubilee offers you the chance to get closer to the spiritual roots of a land where nature is still the greatest work of art ever . Norcia and Cascia as well as a stop in one of the many abbeys and churches of Umbria will surely bring about a spiritual and intellectual great sense of relief.