Assisi Vacations

Assisi is one of the most frequented medieval hill towns of Umbria, as the site of St. Francis of Assisi's founding mission and today, the impressive two level basilica commemorating his works. The large church on the ground floor of the Basilica of St Francis features the usual art and sculpture, and the tiny crypt underground is the atmospheric ... Read more
burial place of St. Francis himself, where candles and devotees keep vigil. The rest of the city is picturesque and worth wandering through for the day. If you're looking for a less trampled sense of the Catholic saint, you can hike out to the Cave of St. Francis (Eremo dei Carceri), said to be his original hermitage.
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Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy, is perfect to visit in May, June, September and October. In July and August the temperature can reach 90F (30C) and the agriturismos are also the most crowded with a ... Read more
mix of Italians and mostly German tourists. Visit in the shoulder season, however, and enjoy the cured meats of Norcia, medieval hill towns, and scenic drives relatively undisturbed. November - April brings cold and rain, but can still be a good time to hole up in a vacation rental, light the fires and sample hearty Umbrian cooking.

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Hollywood, California, USA

Beautiful city ! Every corner is like a pictures . 1000 of churches. Square has nice restaurant and coffee shops people can rest when they get tired from walking around.

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Arezzo, Italy

(120Km 1h 40 min) Assisi is a town of Italy in the province of Perugia in the Umbria region. It was the birthplace of St. Francis. It is the capital of the PEACE in the world.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

I loved the charm of this beautiful town in the heart of Umbria. It's eerily quiet almost peaceful something rare in most of Italy.
There is also so much to see the Basilica of St.Francis is the highlight but just wandering around the side streets is an experience not to be missed.

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Labro, Italy

The fascinating home of St. Francis (and St. Clare) is a beautiful hill town with lovely views of the countryside and a ton of churches with interesting histories. But it's also just a cute town, with a maze of alleyways lined with shops and restaurants and bars. It's definitely a tourist trap, but rightly so.

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London, UK

The city of San Francesco, famous for the important church/chapel semi destroyed by an eartquake a few years ago and then restored. It's a small middle-age town, with nice old buildings where everything has been nicely preserved. The surrounding countryside is stunning

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Berlin, Germany

When I was planning my trip to Assisi so many people described it as a Catholic Disneyland, overhyped and packed with kistchy shops and busloads of tourists. I'm so glad I went anyway.
Is it crowded some times: Yes, but most of the major sites are massive and have plenty of room for people.
Are their kitschy shops: Yes, but the same type you would see in any town in Italy that has tourists...nothing new there.
Are there quieter Umbrian towns:Yes, but I know I probably would have gotten bored had I not stayed in Assisi with its many sights, nature trails and vineyards.

I really liked Assisi and I recommend staying at least two days so you can get the full effect of this gorgeous hill town.

PS: Hill town literally means hill town as in, the entire thing is a hill. Even when you go downhill it feels like uphill so be prepared to take it slow and enjoy the journey.

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Padua, Italy

Assisi is famous all over the world, after St. francis, the saint who was born there in 1208 and founded the Fanciscan religiuos order, inspired to nature and poverty. Also Saint Claire, who founded the Poor Sisters was born here. The town is dominated by two castles and has a couple of churces that are masterpieces, containing very important pieces of art from Reinassence.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Ah, so this is where the tourists are in Umbria. Much of Umbria was so quiet, but buses full of tourists descend upon Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Grand churches abound in Assisi, and the view of the surrounding countryside is stunning.

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Bogota, Colombia

Precious city. You can imagine why St francis was such a great man living in theses surroundings of peace and beauty

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Sure, Rome Venice Florence are a must (forget Milan) But I suggest Umbria. it is a region in central italy, next to Tuscany but more authentic and less touristc. Perugia is the biggest town, a real jewel, but all the other small towns and villages, all on top of hills and retaining theyr medieval origins, are absolutely stunning. Check Assisi out or Spoleto and Todi or the wonderful surroundings of the Lake Trasimeno...typical cuisine is hearty and genuine, art if you are interested is breathtaking and everywhwere. its position is also strategic to visit florence Siena (another favourite) and Rome.

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