Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This was one of the best experiences of our Italy trip! Orvietio and Assissi were awesome. We were promptly picked up by Green Line Tours at our hotel, escorted by a great guide, Sylvia, who was extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. Our local guide in Assissi, Begonia, was terrific also. The rich history of both small towns, the beauty of the architecture, quaint stone streets, cathedrals, and local culture are not to be missed. If you are coming to Rome and want to take a day trip, this is a must.
We could not have been more delighted. We were the only two people on the tour which was brilliant. Our guide could not have done more to make our tour interesting and enjoyable - she had a great sense of humour. She showed us that there was more to Assisi than the basilica and the frescos (which were wonderful) - there was a real range of interesting points. She went well beyond the standard tour and gave us all sorts of helpful information for visiting surrounding villages. What a lovely lady!
Our hostess (Agnes) was very nice and informative. The wine-tasting was instructive and tasty. The walk through the vineyards on our own was appreciated and a lot of fun (including the tasting of grapes on the vine). The gazebo provided a great area to rest and a splendid view of Assisi. The food was plentiful and delicious. The service was excellent. Unfortunately it was a very windy day, but that almost added to the fun.
Our guide spoke very good English. He did a great job explaining the local history and agriculture. The electric assisted bikes helped us on the hills. The wine tasting was fun. We had bought a bottle of that brand the day before in Assisi, not knowing we would be visiting the winery. It was so good, that after the tasting, we returned to the Market in Assisi and bought a second bottle.
Everything was wonderful except for communication regarding the pick up location. The email confirmation I received said the pickup location would be our hotel, while the guide was told it would be in one of the squares. After about 20 minutes of back and forth phone calls, it was straightened out, and we had a great time.