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This post is part of the #ItalianFWT Group (Food, Wine and Travel). We focus on a particular region of Italy every month and this time we head to the centre of the country- to explore the region of Umbria.

I will now virtually show you the lovely town of Assisi- widely known for being the birthplace of St. Francis. Located in the enchanting Umbrian hills, Assisi is more than just the birthplace of the the founder of Francisan religion. It is one of the most charming places in all of Umbria.


The Gates of Assisi


Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi


Decorative Gonfalons at the entrance

Just an hour from Perugia, one can easily reach the Assisi by bus from any of the Umbrian towns. If you are coming from elsewhere such as Tuscany it is advisable to take the train. Assisi, which is situated on a hill top, has its train station at the foot of the hill in Santa Maria degli Angeli. From there it is easier to catch a bus- a short 7 minutes ride.


Potted plants at a retail shop


Monks on the streets of Assisi- a common sight

As you enter the town you are welcomed by multi colored gonfalons hanging outside homes, showing the coat of arms of that town. Another quick observation and you will find yourself among hundreds of potted plants around you. These plants show the charm of Assisi, neatly tied to the windows, balconies, courtyards etc giving the town such a picturesque look!


Piazza del commune- the hub of all activity

The heart of every town is the Piazza. Assisi’s Piazza del Commune- an easy walk of 15 minutes from the bus stop, is gorgeous. The Piazza houses an ancient Roman Temple of Minerva, a beautiful fountain, caffes, an old bookshop (read more here) and many historical buildings.


The Temple of Minerva


Blue represents the most noble


Loving the gonfalons everywhere


Wine, truffles, pasta, olive oil..

The medieval Assisi bewitches with its beauty. I couldn’t get enough of it. After a lot of walking and some ceramic shopping, Assisi served me my favorite plate of black truffles at the quaint Osteria da Santu Mangione. Boy, were they fresh! I can still savour the taste of the Umbrian lunch. It was such a treat 🙂

It was past 3 when I left the Osteria and Assisi was quiet. I understood that the locals must have left for their siesta (it happens in Italy especially small towns and we must respect that tradition) and I kind of enjoyed the town to myself.


Lunch- Fresh truffle with Pasta


Charming details


This was my favorite!


New set of gonfalons



The color purple #notmynonni


Rooftops of Assisi


The Umbrian countryside

Assisi was my first Umbrian town and therefore doubly special. A short day trip left me satisfied though I wouldn’t mind spending the night on this charming hill top among monks and medieval stories. Would you?? 😉

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Continue on our Umbrian journey with other fellow bloggers. We can’t wait to her about your Umbrian experiences.

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The Palladian Traveler – Marcello’s Big Fat Italian Christening
Orna O’Reilly –  Castelluccio di Norcia: On the Rooftop of the Apennines
Culinary Adventures with Camilla – Roasted Flank Steak with Zucchini Mint Pesto with an Umbrian Merlot
Italophilia – Visiting Assisi in the Enchanting Umbrian Hills
Just Elizabeth – Umbrian Cuisine and Fun Facts
Rockin Red Blog – Beauty and the Beast
Enofylz Wine Blog – Umbria’s Sagrantino: Call It a Comeback
Food Wine Click – Orange is the New Red: Paolo Bea Santa Chiara & Umbrian Steak on FoodWineClick
The Wining Hour – Taste Umbria – Black Truffle Linguini with Shrimp & Montefalco Sagrantino
Cooking Chat Food – Rigatoni with Collard Greens & Sausage with Wine from Umbria