Chiesa di San Francesco
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Chiesa di San Francesco information
This beautiful church was started back in 1262 as an homage to a visit from St Francis himself. In the left nave is a 15th-century wooden cross that miraculously made it through a 1535 fire at the Palazzo dei Capitani, and has since reputedly spilled blood twice. Virtually annexed to the church is Loggia dei Mercanti , built in the 16th century by the powerful guild of wool merchants to hide their rough-and-tumble artisan shops.