Top Tours & Activities in Assisi
Welcome to the birthplace of St. Francis and the Franciscan Order. Thanks to its picturesque landscape and medieval buildings, it's a superb tourist destination as well as one of the world's most important pilgrimage sites! Here's the best of Assisi.
This magnificent basilica was built over the tomb of St. Francis himself. It's really two churches – lower and upper – as well as the original Franciscan friary, Sacro Convento.
Francis wasn't the only saint in town! This cathedral, and home to early examples of medieval stone carvings, is dedicated to Saint Rufino – Assisi's patron saint and first bishop.
Assisi is built on the scenic slopes of Monte Subasio, so why not explore this saint-spawning wilderness that links it to neighboring historic towns like Spello and Nocera Umbra?
St. Francis loved the caves above Assisi as a place where he could connect with nature. It's a 4km drive, or a beautiful hiking trail.
The Basilica di Santa Chiara is home to the Speaking Cross from San Damiano, in front of which St. Francis is said to have heard the voice of God.
This looming fortress dates back more than 800 years. Not only will it deliver an insightful glance into Assisi's history, but it also offers fantastic views from its towers.
Facing Piazza del Comune, this former pagan temple is now a church. It still retains its Ancient Roman façade dedicated to the goddess of wisdom, Minerva.
The closest airport to Assisi is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi (Umbria International Airport), but it's not the best option. There are plenty of trains and buses that run regularly between Assisi and the closest major airports: Peretola Airport in Florence, Rome's Fiumicino Airport, or Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei. All three are roughly the same distance away, but the transport links from Rome will be the easiest.
If you just want to see the top attractions, two days should be plenty. If you plan to stay longer, take your time exploring the surrounding countryside and checking out the city's best restaurants.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitIf you're headed to Italy for the wine, plan a visit for between September and November, when harvest festivals pop up all over the countryside. For a weekend to remember, do your research and choose one of Assisi's art, wine, olive oil, or jazz festivals. You'll get to experience the town at its most lively.
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What People Are Saying About Assisi
We liked the tour. However when I booked for this tour we had no idea that the way to Orvieto was by cablecar. We did not mind because we are used to it but I have a friend who is afraid of heights and would never go up on cable cars. So if she was with me, would it have meant that she would have had to skip the Orvieto part of the tour and would have had to stay behind waiting for us downhill at the cable car station? Please be so kind as to mention in your tour description that the way to Orvieto is done by cable car. Thanks. Besides according to the brochure which says that... I quote:"Leaving Assisi, stop at the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis died in 1226." we missed stopping at this town. Why was this? Otherwise we had a lovely interesting tour and the guide was very informative.
Our guide listened to our interests and tailored our tour to meet them. He was very knowledgeable about the area and made great decisions regarding places to visit. He was one of the best guides we have used. We can't thank him enough for a great day.
COULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME AT ASSISI AND BYPASSED CORTONA (AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN TO A FEW OF THESE MOUNTAIN TOWNS THEY ALL TAKE ON A LIKENESS)
My guide was extremely knowledgable, warm and friendly. I was in Assisi for only one day and she gave me the perfect tour for my interests.
Our guide Michele knew well his substance. He connected superbly numerous details of history, art and religion into the bigger picture of Assisi's backgound and story. We were very pleased.