The Ultimate Guide for when you Visit 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 for longer.  Assisi in Umbria had captured our hearts!

Basilica of St.Francis in Assisi, Italy, sunset over the cathedral, green grassy patch, dark clouds in sunslight

Why you Should Visit Assisi Italy

There is something special about Italian medieval towns.  Whilst you are visiting Assisi Italy, you will notice how it is feels like the hills are protectively hugging the town close.

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 Italy!

Assisi Italy, man standing in the archway entrance to the old town, narrow street going up between the stone building in old town

Here, you can feel the pride of 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 favor 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 throughout this town.  Enjoy the gorgeous fountains splashed around in the sunny piazzas.  See if you can figure out where most of the gorgeous cobble-stone lanes lead to?

woman taking an photo in the stripy square of the cathedral in Assisi, Italy,

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 renowned reasons for visiting Assisi is because of the magnificent Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.

Hotel Giotto, Assisi, Italy, archway entrance to the cathedral, tower in the cathedral

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

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

Hotel Giotto, Assisi, Italy, view of the courtyard of the cathedral, arched walkway and lands in the distance
Assisi, Italy, buildings and roof tops, and lands down below in the distance

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

Assisi, Italy, narrow street, cobble stone road and stone walls

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

Assisi, Italy, man in the street standing next to a very small blue car

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

Where is Assisi and How far is Assisi from Rome?

Assisi, Italy, map of the region with Assisi and Rome joined by red line

Assisi is a town located in the Province of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy.   The drive from Rome to Assisi will take you around 2 hours.  You might wish to check the Assisi weather before you head out to make sure that you have a beautiful clear day.

How to get to Assisi from Rome?

Rental Car:

We highly recommend hiring a rental car and enjoying the 2-hour drive to Perugia Assisi at your own pace.  There are plenty of gorgeous places to stop at on the way, our favorite stop on the drive is Civita di Bagnoregio.  We prefer renting our cars through Discover Cars, they always offer fabulous comparison prices and their customer service is generally top-notch.

Private Transfer:

For a transfer service that is always reliable and that offers exceptional service, we highly recommend Blacklane!  Your transfer from Rome to Assisi will cost you around 300 Euros.


However, you can also choose to take the train from Assisi to Rome or vice versa.  Some trains run 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.

Traveling by train is the cheapest option but will take the longest.  You can book your train tickets here.

Private Tour:

Lastly, an easy option would be to take a Viator Private Tour: A day trip from Rome to Assisi.  This tour would set you back by around 80 Euros.  Click here to read more about this tour!


What to see in Assisi Italy:

If you are wondering what to do in Assisi Italy, you might quickly learn that most people love Assisi because of its important historical background.  There are plenty of things to do in Assisi; most of which revolve around cathedrals, monasteries and churches.

 Assisi, Italy, Cathedral view from the square

Here is a list of suggested places to visit:

  1. Visit Basilica San Francesco and the Assisi monastery
  2. Explore the Cathedral of San Rufino
  3. Visit Santa Maria Degli Angeli (venerated as the place of St. Francis’ death)
  4. Stroll to a picturesque castle, Rocca Maggiore
  5. See the Temple of Minerva
  6. Visit the gothic church, Santa Chiara
  7. Wander around the little lanes and alleys
  8. Find the gorgeous piazzas and fountains and enjoy a bit of shopping


Best Assisi Italy Restaurants:

La Locanda del Cardinale

Head to La Locanda del Cardinale for a very unique experience where you will enjoy your meal on a glass floor, through which Roman ruins from over 2,000 years ago are visible.  The restaurant is pretty posh with modern decor and large crystal chandeliers.  The food is on the expensive side, but the meal is one you will never forget.

Osteria Piazzetta dell’Erba

If you love traditional Italian cuisine with a modern spin then this is the restaurant for you! Yummy food and the location is pretty spectacular too.

Le Mandrie di San Paolo

Head to Le Mandrie di San Paolo which is housed in a renovated cottage that was built way back in the 11th century. This agriturismo project produces its own organic olive oil from the olive trees that are on the same property, how cool is that!


If Recommended Assisi Tours:

Small Group Assisi Tour: 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!


Our List of Recommended Assisi Hotels:

Below you find a list of the best hotels in Assisi Italy.  The more premium-priced hotels in Assisi will typically offer you glorious views over the surrounding areas!  We had a room with a patio and it was most definitely worth every single dollar!

Giotto Hotel & Spa

– 4 Star Hotel –

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

Hotel Giotto, Assisi, Italy, entrance to the building

We have hundreds of awesome things to say about Hotel Giotto Assisi!  This is our favorite Assisi hotel.  It has rooms to suit various budgets and can accommodate families in their larger rooms as well.

We love that it has a wellness center and the panoramic views across to Spoleto and Perugia are definitely spectacular.  At the spa, you can indulge in beauty treatments and massages or you can head to the pool which has delightful hydromassage jets, a steam room, and a sauna.

Hotel Giotto, Assisi, Italy, bedroom setting, burgundy and white decor
giotto hotel, Assisi, Italy, view from the balcony over the old town buildings and land far away, man in a bathrobe looking out

What you will LOVE about this Giotto Hotel Assisi:

  • The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful with recommendations.
  • If you book a room with a patio, you can watch the sunrise over the town and the valleys below.
  • Of course, you got to love a hotel that has spa facilities!

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Cenacolo Hotel Assisi

– 4 Star Hotel –

Cenacolo hotel Assisi, Italy, view of the hotel and courtyard trees from above in the evening

The Cenacolo Hotel is the biggest hotel in Assisi, but it is important to note that the hotel is located a little way away from the historic sights that you will want to visit in Assisi (although the bus stop is really close by).  What we really love about this hotel is that it has been built like a convent-style cloister.

The rooms of this 4 star hotel are modern and comfortable and most offer panoramic views over Assisi, Santa Maria Degli Angeli and the nearby Mount Subasio Natural Park.

Cenacolo hotel Assisi, Italy, bedroom setting

What you will LOVE about this Hotel:

  • The modern, clean and stylish rooms
  • The panoramic views from most rooms over Assisi, Santa Maria Degli Angeli and Mount Subasio Natural Park
  • Great for singles, couples or small families



Hotel San Francesco Assisi

– 3 Star Hotel –

hotel san francesco, Assisi, Italy, view of the building and the entrance from the outside, street, cars, church

We LOVE LOVE LOVE the location of Hotel San Francesco.  It is located right in front of Assisi’s Basilica di San Francesco and you can even get views over the basilica from some of the rooms!  If that is not enough to entice you yet, then wait till you see the views from the rooftop terrace!

Whilst the room aren’t quite as luxurious and modern as some of the other hotels, you will truly enjoy the friendly staff as well as the delicious breakfast.

hotel san francesco rooms

What you will LOVE about this Hotel:

  • The perfect location, right in front of Basilica di San Francesco.
  • Sensational views of the church and the Umbrian countryside from the roof terrace.
  • The friendly and welcoming staff.



Hotel Subasio Assisi

– 4 Star Hotel –

Hotel Subasio Assisi, Italy, balcony view of the table setting, hotel, church and view from the top of the hill

This 4 star hotel is a popular hotel due to the fact that it is located just opposite the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.  The rooms are all beautifully furnished in a classical style designed with 19th century décor.

There are also 2 open-air terraces from where you can get stunning views over Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.  You will find that the staff are all very welcoming, but don’t expect too much from the included breakfast.

Hotel Subasio Assisi, Italy, view of the bedroom from the outside balcony, side view of the church in the distance

What you will LOVE about this Hotel:

  • The views from the 2 open-air terraces
  • The super close proximity to Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.
  • The large terraces that some rooms have on offer



As you can see there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Assisi Umbria, and we are sure that this gorgeous Umbrian town will capture your hearts, just as it did ours.  We do highly recommend that you book yourself into one of the hotels in Assisi Italy and that you stay for at least 2 nights.

Where to next?


Prepare yourself for your trip to Italy by reading up on all the things you should know!

Use our list of popular Italy Accommodation choices to help you plan your trip!

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Jolene Ejmont

Originally from South Africa, now living in Australia, Jolene is a wife and a mother to three beautiful daughters. Together with her family, she is embarking on a journey towards changing her current stress-filled life to one focusing on her dreams and her passion for travel. She wants to share her stories in the hope to inspire you to chase your own dreams!

30 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide for when you Visit Assisi, Italy!”

    • 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!

  1. Francesco, Fiats, and food. Sounds like a quintessential Assisi experience. I love the light in that town in your photos.

  2. What a gorgeous guide to Assisi! When I went, I was only there for the day. I would love to go back and spend more time there! The temple of Minerva was my favorite thing there. It was incredible! Cheers!

  3. The town of Assisi looks so pretty. I should have visited it when I was in Perugia. But then there is always a reason to travel back to that area. The photos you posted do so much justice to this pretty Italian town. And I’m glad how well it was rebuilt after the earthquake. All in all a great city guide!

    • Thank you Sabine, I think there will always be more and more to explore in Italy! I love scouting out smaller places that often get left out of itineraries. So special visiting places that aren’t filled-to-the-brim by tourists 🙂

  4. I did not know about Assisi until now. Such a charming little town. Added to my bucket list. We did a trip to Italy last year but just visited the big ones. Definitely going back for this. Thanks for sharing.

    • I adore Italy! I would love to go back as well! My favorite thing to do was going on a road trip, you see so much more than just the main touristy areas! Highly recommend Assisi and Civita di Bagnoreggio if you return 🙂

  5. Assisi looks like an adorable town! I love medieval towns, and would love to visit sometime. Thanks for the hotel suggestions too–always nice to have a heads up on nice places to stay!

  6. WOW, this is a thorough article! I must admit that Assisi hasn’t really been on my radar, but now it sure is. Love your second photo, especially, and the idea of an olive oil tour!

  7. Wow this was a very informative and helpful article! I’m going to be in Rome this summer and will definitely look into a trip! Lots of options of things to see/so maybe one day won’t be enough!

  8. No wonder you fell in love, what a beautiful city. I would love to do a tour through Italy, everything looks so beautiful yet natural and calm. And of course, the food…

  9. What a thorough, thoughtful, helpful post. I agree that medieval Italian towns are alluring, especially when the view is as spectacular as what you captured here. Your photos are lovely.

  10. What a cute little car! Thanks for sharing all the info about Assisi. It looks like a wonderful city where there is a lot to do. Maybe worth to visit because we love Italy and its cuisine. This blogpost will come in handy if we ever go there!

  11. No doubt, this place is really looking so beautiful. I will surely visit here for my event. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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