Exploring Possibilities: Assisi


Like Orvieto, Assisi is located in the central region of Umbria, and as part of a custom tour could readily be included as a day trip or overnight between Rome and Florence.

Sacred Site

Basilica Saint Francis

Basilica Saint Francis

View of Assisi Mount Subasio

Assisi on Mount Subasio

Upper Basilica

Upper Basilica

As the birthplace of Saint Francis,  Assisi has been a popular pilgrimage destination for centuries. The basilica dedicated to the saint is the focal point, with its beautiful paintings by Giotto, Cimabue, and others. The upper and lower basilicas each have their own peaceful quality encouraging quiet meditation and prayer. Perhaps the most moving space is the smallest; the candlelit chapel below the lower basilica holds the tomb of the saint, often called “Il Povera,” the little poor one.

Altar Lower Basilica

Altar Lower Basilica

Tomb of Saint Francis by Rinina25&Twice25

Tomb of Saint Francis
by Rinina25&Twice25*

Assisi is home to other special churches, including the Basilica di Santa Chiara and Santa Maria sopra Minerva, which occupies a former Roman temple. On the plain below Assisi, we find the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels), a lovely spacious church (the seventh largest in the world) that shelters the Porziuncola, the humble chapel where Francis founded his order of Friars Minor.

Sculpture of Virgin atop Saint Mary of the Angels below Assisi

Sculpture of Virgin atop
Saint Mary of the Angels
below Assisi



Medieval Town

Assisi, a remarkably well preserved medieval town, is a delight to explore. Hilly, and winding, the streets can be challenging at times, but if one takes the time, there is much to discover, including shops, restaurants, the Piazza del Commune, two castles, museums, and much more. We have found charming accommodations in Assisi, some with lovely views of the valley below.

Stairway, Assisi

Stairway, Assisi

View of valley below Assisi

View of valley below Assisi

Assisi is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. UNESCO’s Assisi page can be found here. *Some rights reserved. cc2.5 When you are ready for your custom tour, call us–800.498.8915. A real person will answer! Or fill out the contact form below and click “Submit.” For more on how we create custom tours of Italy, see our earlier post, Creating a Custom Tour. More of our “Exploring Possibilities” blog posts can be found here on the right sidebar under “Recent Posts.”  We will continue to add new posts at least once a week. 

About Custom Italy Tours

We Love Italy! My husband Larry and I, assisted by our family, operate Travel All Over, a full-service travel agency, as well as Custom Italy Tours which is focused on providing fully customized tours of Italy for individuals, families, and groups. I'm the Italian (born Geromina Ferrara), and Larry is the Italian wanna-be. We are both Italy Specialists and Larry is a CTC (Certified Travel Counselor).
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