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 competition as to who has the best plants tied to the windows. But all in all it gives 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, cafes, bookshops and historical buildings.
The medieval Assisi is much more than the piazza. The Basilica di San Francesco is globally famous and is 100% worth visiting. It probably has the most stunning inside colors I’ve seen so far in all of Italy. After a visit to the Basilica, the food is what you hunt for. I ate a sumptuous plate of black truffles at the quaint Osteria da Santu Mangione.
In the afternoon was quiet as the locals leave for the usual siesta. But that was actually the best time because I literally had the town to myself.
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.