Assisi Holidays

Holidays to Assisi show visitors the true Italian countryside in all its glory. The town sits in the region of Umbria, just east of Perugia and lies nestled in the foothills of Mount Subasio. Assisi is known as the birthplace of St. Francis and has been attracting pilgrims since the 13th Century.

The most famous site in Assisi is of course the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, which is dedicated to the saint. There is also the 12th Century Rocca Maggiore Fortress and a huge medieval complex, all of which gave the town its UNESCO World Heritage status. The town is dotted with beautiful churches, small narrow lanes and charming piazzas, where you can sit and people watch from the quaint cafés. By day Assisi filled with day trippers from nearby Perugia, but by nightfall, you’ll have the town all to yourself and can enjoy milling with the locals in the soft evening light.

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Just a few streets behind the Cathedral of San Rufino, you’ll find a cute little local restaurant – the Osteria La Piazzetta dell’Erba. Offering seating outside or inside its cosy brick interior, it serves up a delicious array of antipasti, gnocchi, filled pastas and meat dishes such as roast lamb with artichokes or braised beef with cauliflower and licorice.

For the best views in Assisi, head to the Terrazze di Properzio, where small tables look out across a patchwork green landscape. Sunset is the best time to go, with stunning vistas and a glow of amber light across the town.

If you’re looking for some authentic Umbrian produce such as ham and truffles, make a stop at Cacio e Pepe, a small delicatessen on Via Portica. This friendly shop stocks all your Umbrian favourites.

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Things to do in Assisi

Holidays to Assisi offer a variety of options, but the top sight is of course the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. Construction on the basilica began in 1228, but it wasn’t consecrated until 1253. With its Gothic entrance, it features a mix of architectural styles, intricate frescoes and ornate carvings. Head inside to find the crypt, where the remains of St Francis are held.

To continue your pilgrimage, make a visit to Eremo delle Carceri, a chapel on the hillside set 791 metres high. This is where St. Francis and his disciples would pray and meditate. Next to the chapel sit several caves, one of which was where St. Francis lived for a while.

Besides the basilica, one of the most impressive sights in Assisi is the Rocca Maggiore, a castle like fortress, parts of which date back to 1173. Over the years it has been inhabited by several emperors, as well as the then King of Sicily during his childhood.

Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO). Direct flights to Fiumicino are available from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

Direct flights to Perugia (PEG) depart from London Stansted and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

When to go

Umbria is predominantly a summer destination, with the season generally running from April to early November. The spring and autumn months are warm and have less crowds, making May, June and September the ideal months to visit. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is also when Umbria is at its busiest. However, Umbria also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

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The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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