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Assisi [1] is a small medieval town of about 25,000 people perched on a hill in Umbria, the heart of Italy. Famous as the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi holds religious, historical, and artistic significance. Periodical exhibits and fairs enrich the visitor's experience [2].

Get in

By car Take the A1 freeway and exit at the SS75. Follow the signs to historical Assisi and park in one of the public lots just outside the city walls.

By train You'll have to take a local connection at Terontola (coming from Florence) or Foligno (coming from Rome) to Assisi/Santa Maria degli Angeli. The station is at the bottom of the hill, about three miles from the center of town. Bus line "C" will take you the rest of the way.

Get around

Historical Assisi is very small and easily explored on foot. During the hotter summer months take an occasional rest in one of the cool churches or enjoy an icecream break (or two).


Definetly take the time to walk among Assisi's medieval houses and shops. Most of the cobblestone streets and alleys will take you to the basilica of St. Francis.


Assisi has about 6 cool churches to visit, and then there's the Basilica of St. Francis. But one of the best things to do is hike up to the top of the hill above Assisi and see the castle overlooking the town and the valley below.


The many shops display a variety of local arts and crafts, including reproduction of medieval weapons and tools. Religious items are best purchased at the gift shop behind the lower level of St. Francis basilica.


There are several little ice cream and pizza shops. Restaurants vary from affordable to very expensive. Some are very good, some so-so.



Get out

Santa Maria degli Angeli at the bottom of the hill - where the train station is. Visit the cathedral containing the Portiuncola, the tiny stone home of St. Francis and his followers.

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