The town of Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis and is a located in the enchanting Umbrian hills.
Assisi is laden with multi colored gonfalons hanging and at least a hundred potted plants neatly arranged outside every house. It seems like a little competition as to who has the best plants which are tied to the windows and balconies giving Assisi a picturesque look!
The town’s Piazza del Commune is an uphill walk of about 15 minutes from the bus stop. It is home to the ancient Roman Temple of Minerva, an intricate fountain, several cafes, an old bookshop and many other historical buildings.
The medieval Assisi is much more than the piazza. The basilica is globally famous and is worth visiting. It probably has the most stunning inside colors in all of Italy. The food in all of Umbria is sumptuous and in Assisi was no less. A plate of black truffles at the quaint Osteria da Santu Mangione is the right seasonal choice.
In the afternoon the town goes quiet as the locals leave for the usual siesta. That is the best time to enjoy the town to yourself.
Assisi is definitely very charming and worth a visit!
How to Reach:
Just an hour from Perugia, one can easily reach Assisi by bus from any of the towns in Umbria. If you are coming from elsewhere (such as Tuscany) it is advisable to take the train which is at the foot of the hill in Santa Maria degli Angeli. From there, a bus to Assisi is easily available and takes 7-10 minutes.