Reasons why you will fall in love with Assisi, Italy

We fell in love with Assisi, Italy.  We only spent one night there whilst road tripping from Rome to Tuscany to Venice.  One night was enough to fall in-love.  One night was not enough to float on the feelings of being in-love; we would have loved to stay longer.  Assisi in Umbria had captured our hearts!


There is something about Italian medieval towns, this one especially looks like it is being protected from the hills behind.  There is something about the larger-than-life gateway arches which you have to enter to get inside.  Something about those cobble-stone lanes, those rugged stone buildings.

There is something about walking around at a leisurely pace, whilst listening to beautiful basilica church bells ding-donging in the distance.  There is something stunning about the simplicity of such a peaceful town which has such a strong religious heritage. There is plenty of reasons why you should visit Assisi!

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Here, you can feel the pride from the residents who live here.  It radiates around you! In the smaller beautiful little details you find around corners; on the steps leading up to the doors and in the pot-plants scattered around the town.

Do yourself a favour and make sure you go and explore those picturesque steep and narrow lanes. Make sure you turn that corner and find a new surprise, a new reason to pull out your camera.  Try and see if you can count the churches located through out this town.  Enjoy the gorgeous fountains splashed around in the  sunny piazza’s.  See if you can figure out where most of the gorgeous cobble-stone lanes lead to?


Assisi is a little town perched on a hill in Umbria, right in the heart of Italy.  This town is one of Umbria’s more famous towns.  Most people relate this town to St Francis of Assisi, a 12th century monk who founded the Franciscan order and brought about a religious revolution.  As a result, for the last 700 or so years, this town is a very important pilgrimage site for Italians.  And one of the most well renown reasons for visiting Assisi is because of the magnificent St Francis Basilica.

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But there is so much more to love about Assisi besides the main Assisi attractions such as the glorious St Francis Cathedral.  So many reason to fall in love over and over.  Every corner will overwhelmed your senses with beauty.

The beauty of the stunning view over the green valleys below:


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The beauty of the gorgeous cobble-stone lanes.  Especially when sunlight is sneakily trying to warm up the little stones:


The gorgeous touches of ‘Italian’ you find.  I mean seriously, this gorgeous car is out of a movie about Italy right??


Everywhere you look, beauty will awaken your senses and make you feel alive and at peace.


Where is Assisi?

Assisi is a town located in the Province of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy.

How far is Assisi from Rome?

The drive from Rome to Assisi will take you around 2 hours.


How to get to Assisi from Rome?

  • We highly recommend hiring a rental car and enjoying the 2 hour drive to Perugia Assisi at your own pace.
  • However you can also choose to take the train from Assisi to Rome or vice versa.  Some trains (see runs direct whilst others include a stop, travel time can be from 2 hours to 2.5 hours and once at the train station in Assisi you will need to take the bus (Line “C”) up the hill to the walled section of the town.
  • Lastly, an easy option would be to take a Viator Private Tour: A day trip from Rome to Assisi.  Click here to read more about this tour!


What to see in Assisi, Italy:

  • Visit St Francis Cathedral and the Assisi monastery.
  • Explore Cathedral of San Rufino
  • Stroll to a picturesque castle, Rocca Maggiore
  • See the Temple of Minerva
  • Visit the gothic church, Santa Chiara
  • Whilst there are loads more churches to explore, don’t forget to simply wander around the little lanes and alleys
  • Find the gorgeous piazzas and fountains and enjoy a bit of shopping


Recommended Assisi Tours:

Small Group Tour of Assisi: See the highlights of Assisi on a 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Click to read more about this tour here!

Authentic Hands-on Cooking Class in Assisi: Live authentic Italian experiences…taste the flavours of regional traditional cuisine and become a real Italian master-chef for one day, surrounded by the Umbrian green hills.  Click to read more about this tour here!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tour with Lunch in Umbria: Visit a traditional extra virgin olive oil mill and taste the flavours of regional traditional cuisine surrounded by the Umbrian green hills.   Click to read more about this tour here!

Where to stay in Assisi:

During our stay at Assisi, we chose to stay  at Giotto Hotel and Spa.

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We have hundreds of awesome things to say about Hotel Giotto Assisi!  First, it was the only hotel in Italy that gave us a free upgrade for our Honeymoon stay.  They upgraded us from a small standard room, to a luxurious room with one massive balcony overlooking the Umbrian valleys below.

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They were exceptionally friendly and helpful with recommendations of where to eat.  They even parked our car for us, saving us the effort of trying to squeeze in somewhere when parking is extremely limited in a hilly steep levelled town.

We loved watching the sun rise in our little guest robes. And loved the special touches found around the grounds of the hotel.  We can highly recommend this gorgeous gem of a place!

Book your stay with Giotto Hotel and Spa here!


As you can see there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Assisi, and we are sure that this gorgeous Umbrian town will capture your hearts, just as it did ours.


Over to you, have you been to Assisi Italy?  What was your experience there like?

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  • Reply
    July 23, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Assisi looks beautiful and I love that little car!

    • Jolene Ejmont
      Jolene Ejmont
      July 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Elise, we definitely want to go back and stay for longer at Assisi as our stay was too short, such a gorgeous little town!! And yes, I have some sort of a love for those Italian cars!! There is a photo of another red one in our Amalfi Coast Road Trip post!! 🙂 They are so cute!

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