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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 an upper church, the Basilica Superiore, with a celebrated cycle of Giotto …
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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 …
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Upper Church

The 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 fresco cir…
Church in Assisi

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli

That enormous domed church you can see as you approach Assisi along the Tiber Valley is the 16th-century Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, the seventh largest church in the world, some 4km west and several hundr…
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…
Basilica in Assisi

Basilica di Santa Chiara

Built in a 13th-century Romanesque style, with steep ramparts and a striking pink-and-white facade, this church is dedicated to St Clare, a spiritual contemporary of St Francis and founder of the Sorelle Povere di S…
Umbrian in Assisi

Osteria dei Priori

This wonderfully cosy osteria believes wholeheartedly in sourcing the best local ingredients. Tables draped in white linen are gathered under brick vaults. Presuming you've booked ahead, you're in for quite a treat:…
Church in Assisi

Tempio di Minerva

The Tempio di Minerva, facing Piazza del Comune and Palazzo dei Priori, is now a church but retains its impressive pillared façade with six fluted columns dating back to Roman times. The turn-of-the-millennium pagan…
Fort in Assisi

Rocca Maggiore

Dominating the city is the massive 14th-century Rocca Maggiore, an oft-expanded, pillaged and rebuilt hill-fortress offering 360-degree views of Perugia to the north and the surrounding valleys below. Walk up windin…
Archaeological Site in Assisi

Foro Romano

On Piazza del Comune, just around the corner from the tourist office, is the entrance to the town's partially excavated Roman Forum, while on the piazza's northern side is the well-preserved facade of a 1st-century …