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Why Visit Assisi, Italy

Get ready to be blown away by the one-of-a-kind city in Italy, located in the central part of the country, Assisi is the jaw-dropping gem of the Umbria region, which has actually earned the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Being the birthplace of St. Francis, the city is considered to be a religiously significant place among Catholics, however, it is praised unanimously by visitors despite their religion, as the postcard-like sceneries are astonishing for everyone all the same.

Possibly the most spectacular site not to miss during an Assisi tour is the magnificent Monastery and Basilica of San Francesco. Dating back to the 13th century, the two-story basilica features sublime frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis, as well as scenes of the Old and New Testaments. Consisting of the Upper and Lower churches, the landmark provides with numerous frescoes and wall paintings and is noted for being an exceptional monument of both, art and architecture.

Another impressive example of architecture in Assisi is the beautiful cathedral Duomo di San Rufino. It was built in the 13th century and features three rose windows on its Romanesque facade. You can also find a fountain on site, where St. Francis and St. Clare were believed to be baptized. The list of places worth your attention continues with the churches of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Santa Maria degli Angeli, San Damiano Church, and the Basilica di Santa Chiara, as they should all be included to your Assisi itinerary.

Make sure to walk around the beautiful streets in the old town to soak up the atmosphere and truly enjoy the local panoramas. Perhaps, for some people Assisi travel might seem a bit challenging as the city is located on the foothills of Monte Subasio, however, with proper footwear, you can enjoy the sites without encountering any difficulties.

While strolling around the area, don't miss the chance to buy some local produce, such as extra virgin olive oil, truffles or wine, specific of the Umbria region.

Best Things to Do in Assisi, Umbria

  • Explore the major city landmark, the Monastery and Basilica of San Francesco
  • Visit the Duomo di San Rufino Cathedral
  • Taste local delicacies, inclding dishes with Assisi's olive oil
 

Some more specialties of the region include cured pork and Umbrian chocolates, thus there is certainly a little something for everyone.

Sampling the local world of gastronomy is one of the best parts of traveling, especially if it's in Italy, thus, make sure to treat yourself to something delicious (such as a strangozzi pasta) after some active Assisi sightseeing.

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Make your way to the historic heart of Italy and explore off the beaten track destinations of the Umbria region. Then set out to glorious Tuscany and enjoy both the hilly countryside with endless vineyards and included tastings as well as guided tours of Lucca, Florence, and even see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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