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The best things to do in Assisi
Welcome to the birthplace of St. Francis and the Franciscan Order. Thanks to its picturesque landscape and medieval buildings, it's a superb tourist destination as well as one of the world's most important pilgrimage sites! Here's the best of Assisi.
1. Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
This magnificent basilica was built over the tomb of St. Francis himself. It's really two churches – lower and upper – as well as the original Franciscan friary, Sacro Convento.
2. Assisi Cathedral
Francis wasn't the only saint in town! This cathedral, and home to early examples of medieval stone carvings, is dedicated to Saint Rufino – Assisi's patron saint and first bishop.
3. Parco del Monte Subasio
Assisi is built on the scenic slopes of Monte Subasio, so why not explore this saint-spawning wilderness that links it to neighboring historic towns like Spello and Nocera Umbra?
4. Eremo delle Carceri
St. Francis loved the caves above Assisi as a place where he could connect with nature. It's a 4km drive, or a beautiful hiking trail.
5. Basilica di Santa Chiara
The Basilica di Santa Chiara is home to the Speaking Cross from San Damiano, in front of which St. Francis is said to have heard the voice of God.
6. Rocca Maggiore
This looming fortress dates back more than 800 years. Not only will it deliver an insightful glance into Assisi's history, but it also offers fantastic views from its towers.
7. Tempio di Minerva
Facing Piazza del Comune, this former pagan temple is now a church. It still retains its Ancient Roman façade dedicated to the goddess of wisdom, Minerva.
Frequently asked questions about Assisi
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Planning Your Visit
The closest airport to Assisi is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi (Umbria International Airport), but it's not the best option. There are plenty of trains and buses that run regularly between Assisi and the closest major airports: Peretola Airport in Florence, Rome's Fiumicino Airport, or Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei. All three are roughly the same distance away, but the transport links from Rome will be the easiest.
How many days should I stay in Assisi?
If you just want to see the top attractions, two days should be plenty. If you plan to stay longer, take your time exploring the surrounding countryside and checking out the city's best restaurants.
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- If you're headed to Italy for the wine, plan a visit for between September and November, when harvest festivals pop up all over the countryside. For a weekend to remember, do your research and choose one of Assisi's art, wine, olive oil, or jazz festivals. You'll get to experience the town at its most lively.
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What people are saying about Assisi
Great experience - we felt very safe and in very good hands with Peter and his team. The unplanned landing in the clearing was a highlight and was mastered with ease - afterwards there was real team building with balloons packing. Breakfast and wine tasting were delicious and rounded off the day perfectly. All in all a successful experience - gladly again.
Andu was wonderful, his knowledge and understanding of Assisi was exceptional. It enriched our visit and we were glad we did it on our first day as we could revisit locations we were intrigued by on the following day. Thank you, Andu - we really enjoyed our walking tour.
Gabriel deserves 10 stars! He was amazing and knew so much about the town, history, and about St. Francis. Would definitely go with him again.
Lovely tasting with delightful wines and accompanying foods. Friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable host. Organic wine is the future!
Patricia was an excellent guide, so knowledgeable and entertaining!