Assisi Travel Guide

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    From the Basilica, June 2006
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Assisi Highlights

  • Pro
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     All good - food for the soul 

  • Con
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     Hordes of tourists and tour busses on the weekend and religious holidays 

  • In a nutshell
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     Inspiring Historical Town 

Assisi Things to Do

  • Monastero di San Giuseppe

    San Giuseppe nunnery was formed from two separate communities, Sant'Apollinare and San Paolo, each of which was established outside Assisi. One is the community of female penitents, that originally settled at the Eremo di Sant Apollinare, then later on established Monastero di Sant Apollinare here on this site in 1264. The other community of...

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  • Piazza del Comune

    Piazza del Comune (the Main Square of the town) is situated at the heart of the town and built on the site of the ancient Roman forum. The square is surrounded by ancient medieval buildings, and a fountain stands in the middle.To the side of the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, a turreted the 13th century building, stands the beautiful Municipal...

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  • The Basilica of St. Francis

    This is the look of the Upper Basilica when approaching from direction of Via San Francesco. The huge and beautiful rose window dominates the front facade which is, besides it, very simple designed.This is the holy place, by all means, always crowded by pilgrims coming here from whole the world. When strolling around the variety of languages can be...

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  • The Basilica of St. Francis

    The Lower and the Upper Basilica are conected by one little square where the souveniers shop is situated.On the other part, there is a Museum and the gallery of art. Below it you can see the colonaded courtyard of the Sacred Convent which is closed for the visitors. Too bad because it looks really very attractive..

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  • Chiesa Nuova

    A very beautiful Chiesa Nuova (the New Church) is situated just a foot from the Piazza del Comune. This Greek-cross shaped Baroque church has been erected in 1615 on commission of King Philip III of Spain on the site of the presumed home of San Francesco. During visit to Assisis in 1613, Antonio de Trejo, The Spanish Vicar General of the...

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  • The Priors' Palace

    The left side of the Piazza del Comune is closed by the Priors' Palace from 14th century (1337), which nowadays houses the town council offices, and the Municipal Picture Gallery, containing frescoes by the Byzantine, Umbrian and Siennese school, as well as those painted by the followers of Giotto, paintings by Nelli, Alunno and Tiberio...

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  • Fontana dei Tre Leoni

    The main square of Assisi (Piazza del Comune) features large public fountain erected in 1762 by Giovanni Martinucci. It is called "Fontana dei Tre Leoni" (the Fountain of Three Lions). The fountain is favorite meeting point for young Assisians and usual break and resting point for the visitors after strolling around....

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  • Visit the Basilica San Francesco

    St. Francis of Assisi is famous and many people journey to Assisi to visit the Basilica there. It is well worth the trip whether for religous or artistic reasons . . . or simply for sightseeing. The church itself is amazing since the inside is covered with frescoes. The views from the basilica are truly wonderful since the church is perched on top...

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  • Fortezza Militare Rocca Magiore

    The town is dominated by two medieval castles. The larger, called Rocca Maggiore, is a massive presence meant to intimidate the people of the town: it was built by Cardinal Albornoz (1367). The smaller of the two was built much earlier, in the Roman era. However, not all of it stands, and only a small portion and three towers are open to the...

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Assisi Restaurants

  • Unknown Pasticceria / Bar Café

    We noticed a tasty-looking pastry in several pasticcerias and bakeries as we walked about the streets of Assisi. It quite reminded us of strudel. We later learned it is Rocciata di Assisi, a local dessert said to date back to the days of the Umbrians. Key ingredients include raisins, apples, figs, almonds, and walnuts. When we came across this...

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  • Small, warm, friendly . . . and good...

    Well, I listed this as "local" but it is local in Italy so it is also an Italian restaurant, and a very good one. We stayed at the Hotel Berti and the da Cecco is their restaurant although a few steps up the street from the hotel.It is small and was very busy but the service was pleasant and the food excellent. Ed got cannelloni, a stuffed...

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  • lovely ambience

    The restaurant tucks in a lovely little lane surrounded by beautiful medieval houses... Had to wait for a little while for the outer table, but that gives me time to admire the nice ambience better.. btw, the interior of Erminio looks pretty charming too.. We had some traditional Umbrian pasta & grilled mixed plate.. simply gorgeous.. :) All in...

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  • The place to eat!!

    If you stand in the middle of the Piazza del Commune and look at the fountain, on the street left of the fountain you will find the Trattoria degli Umbri.Roberta and Andrea are the owners. Aks Roberta what to eat and she will take time to explain to you in Italian, English or German the menu. You will be served the best Italian food for a...

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  • not enough time to eat??

    I didn't have the time to sit down in a restaurant to eat so, a good choice was eatting pizza. Unfortunatelly I don't remember the name of the local but you'll find it when coming all the way down from the Basilica to town until you reach the intersection in the picture; the local is the one with those two guys who are next to me. Prices were ok...

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  • Gelato

    Like in every Italian town, there are lots of ice cream places in Assisi. So if the weather is hot and you want a cold ice cream or slushie, chances are there's a little ice cream place or vendor stand right around the corner.

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Assisi Transportation

  • Bus "C" Schedule: Assisi Train...

    Note 30/Aug/13: The website for the bus schedule has changed.. from apmperugia.it to umbriamobilita.itThe "UmbriaMobilita" website [www.umbriamobilita.it] has the schedule for the "C" bus that goes between the Assisi train station (ASSISI STAZIONE) and the old cityThe bus stop we used was Piazza Unità d'Italia (P.ZA U.ITALIA ASSISI) , located right...

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  • From the train station to the Town

    Bus C go´s every 30 minutes from the train station (buy the ticket, € 1 at the train station bar/tabacci) to Piazza Unita d´Italia (buy the ticket at the souvenir stall next to the bus stop) for Basilica di San Francesco and to Piazza Mateotti for Cattedrale di Assisi

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  • Assisi bus

    At the front of Assisi railway station is the bus stop for Assisi town.If you pay the driver it is 1-50 euro , so buy a ticket at the newsagents on the station for 1 euro. It is 4 km to top, two main stops , first at the Basilica of St Francis and then the termius at top. My advise is go to top and work your way downhill till you come to the...

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Assisi Shopping

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  • figurice

    Buduci da se ja bavim tekstilom meni je na vrh glave bilo krpica pa sam pozornost obratio na ove figurice. Morate priznati da su prekrasne i jedinstvene.Kada se samo prisjetim kakvo li smece i kic nude slicni ducani kod nas, ali ne i samo kod nas, dodje mi da zaurlam. Zar je toliko teško odabrati asortiman iz onoga što se nudi, ili je prava istina...

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  • stolnjaci

    Moj kum je zapeo u ovom ducanu i nije se dao van a gospoða koja prodaje tako ga je strucno i šarmantno "ložila" tako da je na koncu debelo odriješio kesu.Istinabog, posoblje je vrhunske kvalitete, izradjeno od prirodnih tjanina i neobicno lijepo dizajnirano. Eh tako je to, daj Talijanu ništa a on ce od toga napraviti nešto što ce ti u hipu izvuci...

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  • Umbria products

    Ovaj mali ducancic prava je ugoda za oko, ali u povratnom efektu još i više za stomak željan pravih i nepatvorenih miroðija. Regija Umbrije poznata je po maslinarstvu i vinogradarstvu a ovaj ducan nudja obilje izvarednih ulja i zarnovrsnih grappa (rakija).Pored toga, tu možete naci sve one dodatke zaprškama i jelu koji cine razliku izmedju dobro i...

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Assisi Local Customs

  • Teatro Metastasiano

    The theater is located in a simple stone made building on Piazzeta Verdi and with its external appearance perfectly fits into the atmosphere. In the theater repertoire dominates musicals and concerts. It is known for the musical "Chiara di Dio" which is telling the life of Santa Chiara, who was close to San Francesco.

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  • Contented pups run free in Upper Assisi

    We met a couple of these pups along the streets of Assisi. They were not on a leash and had pleasant dispositions. They were well fed and appeared to run freely though the town - happily going along their way.

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  • Celebration of the Pardon

    August 2 - According to the tradition, during a night of 1216, San Francesco received the visit during a prayer inside the Portiuncola from the Christ and of the Saint Mother. Saint Francis asked them to grant to each person who had repented, confessed, and visited this church that all the faults should be completely forgiven. From this year on,...

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Assisi Warnings and Dangers

  • The summer heat

    When I have visited Assisi, it was the first half of July, the temperature rises up to 30C degrees and more, so it was very hot. Most of the town streets are narrow and short so you can hide yourself partly in the shadow when strolling around. When climbing up to Rocca Maggiore fortress or in the open city spaces, you might be exposed to the sun...

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  • Summer heat

    In summer, it can get very hot in Italy in general. In places like Assisi where you'll likely be walking a lot (including a lot of uphill walking), it's important to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. And if you need to sit down and take a rest, do so. Also, wear comfortable shoes - with all the walking you'll be doing your feet will thank you.

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  • Not so joyous shopkeepers!

    Ok, Assisi is a very holy place, and I really liked it, but there was one thing that bothered me. Some of the shop keepers had real attitudes. They were not freindly and they were down right rude. They are so jaded by the hordes of tourists that they just don't care. No repeat business anyway, with or without a smile. I found this true in Brugge,...

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Assisi What to Pack

  • My guide book in Assisi

    Here it is my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries inAssisi.Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Assisi. 1995, 128 pages.

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  • Packing for Assisi

    My group only went for a day trip to Assisi, so all I needed was my backpack and a money belt. Comfortable shoes are a must since you'll likely be walking and there are a lot of hills. Light clothes if you're going in the summer. Also, remember that you have to cover your knees and shoulders when entering a church, so bring something you can throw...

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Assisi Off The Beaten Path

  • Nunnery of San Quirico

    A widow named Giovanna di Ghelferio established a community of female Franciscan tertiaries in 1392. Pope Martino V approved the community in 1428 under the Blessed Angelina. Sister Tommasa of San Quirico was named as the leader of the community in Assisi. The community moved to the new location, this one in Via Giovanni di Bonino, where they built...

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  • Strolling around

    When one starts strolling the streets of Assisi at the very first moment will be stroked by the sense of peace and tranquility. The first thing I've noticed is that none of the passers-by in no hurry, no one shouting and nobody does not show any trace of nervousness. Assisi is a really special place, the holy city, which makes people to be much...

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  • houses & streets

    Ovo je jedini kutak glavnoga gradskoga trga na kojem se ne nalazi niti jedna gradjevina od povijesnog znacaja. To medjutim ne znaci da je ovo manje lijepi dio toga trga, naprotiv. Niz ovih lijepih gradjanskih kuca u savršenom je skladu s ambijentom cijeloga trga.

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Assisi Favorites

  • Via Portica and other streets

    Via Portica is probably the most beautiful street in the town, if not, it is at least the most pitoresque one because of its complete medieval structure. The town itself is situated on the slope of the Monte Subasio and most of the streets are short, narrow and curved. I've realy enjoyed in exploring this in particularly charming town.

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  • Porta San Francesco

    The old core of Assisi has medieval structure and it was enclosed by the city walls which have been destroyed during the centuries. Today, only a traces of the city walls can be seen around. There were several entrances into the city and most of the gates are very well preserved. On this pictures you can see the most of the city gates, such as...

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  • Assisi

    I was fortunate to visit Assisi in August of 1996 just a year before it was hit by two devastating earthquakes, that shook Umbria in September 1997 . Massive damage was caused to many historical sites.Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Monte Subasio.It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who...

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