Top things to do in Assisi

Top Choice Basilica in Assisi

Basilica di San Francesco

Visible for miles around, the Basilica di San Francesco is the crowning glory of Assisi's Unesco World Heritage ensemble. It's divided into the Basilica Superiore, with a celebrated cycle of Giotto frescoes, and ben…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Assisi

Umami Beer

You'll need to head down to Santa Maria degli Angeli, 4.3km from the centro storico as the crow flies, to get your craft-beer fix in Assisi, but it's worth the haul for more reasons than that. Massive, creative burg…
Top Choice Osteria in Assisi

Osteria La Piazzetta dell'Erba

Snag one of the few coveted tables set up on a small, flower-strewn square a few steps from rambunctious Piazza del Comune and you'll feel a world away at this local favourite. The seasonally changing menu is flecke…
Church in Assisi

Basilica Superiore

Assisi's upper church was built just after the lower church, between 1230 and 1253, and the change in style and grandiosity is readily apparent. One of the most famous pieces of art in the world is the 28-part fresc…
Basilica in Assisi

Basilica Inferiore

The lower church was built between 1228 and 1230. The stained-glass windows are the work of master craftsmen brought in from Germany, England and Flanders during the 13th century, and were quite an architectural fea…
Christian Site in Assisi

Eremo delle Carceri

In around 1205 St Francis chose these caves above Assisi as his hermitage where he could retire to contemplate spiritual matters and be at one with nature. The carceri (isolated places, or 'prisons') along Monte Sub…
Wine Bar in Assisi

Bibenda Assisi

This rustic-chic wine bar is Assisi's best for exploring wines and beyond. Nila, a highly knowledgable Ukrainian transplant, will talk you through a wine list she has assembled from small, boutique producers and tin…
Church in Assisi

Chiesa di San Damiano

It's a 1.5km olive-tree-lined stroll southeast of Assisi's centre to the church where St Francis first heard the voice of God and where he wrote his Canticle of the Creatures. You walk through the church's various f…
Umbrian in Assisi

Osteria Eat Out

With such astounding views and minimalist-chic interiors, you might expect the glass-fronted restaurant of the Nun Assisi hotel to prefer style over substance. Not so. Polished service and an exciting wine list are …
Tomb in Assisi

Tomb of St Francis

Hidden for almost 600 years, this tomb was discovered in 1818 following a 52-day dig, and painstakingly restored in 2011.