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Basilica di San Francesco

Basilica di San Francesco

Visible for miles around, the Basilica di San Francesco is the crowning glory of Assisi's Unesco-listed historic centre. The 13th-century complex is comprised of two churches: the Gothic Basilica Superiore, with...

Top ChoiceOsteria in Assisi

Osteria La Piazzetta dell'Erba

Tables at this local favourite are always highly coveted: in winter in the cosy stone-vaulted interior, in summer outside on a small, flower-strewn square. The big draw is the kitchen's inventive cuisine and a...

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Osteria Eat Out

With its dreamy al fresco terrace and casually chic interiors, you might expect the glass-fronted restaurant of the five-star Nun Assisi hotel to be all style over substance. Not so. Polished service and an...

Basilica in Assisi

Basilica Superiore

The upper church of the Basilica di San Francesco was built after the Basilica Inferiore and consecrated in 1253, and the change in style and grandiosity is readily apparent. Its bright, airy interior is home to...

Basilica in Assisi

Basilica Inferiore

The lower and earlier of the two churches comprising the Basilica di San Francesco, this basilica was commissioned by Pope Gregory IX in 1228, just two years after St Francis' death, and completed in 1230. Its...

Christian Site in Assisi

Eremo delle Carceri

Perched on the forested slopes of Monte Subasio, this monastery is set around the caves where St Francis and his followers prayed and contemplated spiritual matters. The carceri (isolated places, or 'prisons')...

Church in Assisi

Chiesa di San Damiano

Set amid lush olive groves 1.5km southeast of Assisi's historic centre, this atmospheric sanctuary is where St Francis is said to have heard the voice of God in 1205 and later wrote his Cantico delle Creature...

Craft Beer in Assisi

Umami Beer

A far cry from the medieval-styled wine bars up the road in Assisi, this modern roadside outfit is all about the uncomplicated pleasures of beer and burgers. Owner and expert beer sommelier Roberto oversees a...

Wine Bar in Assisi

Bibenda Assisi

Aficionados and wine enthusiasts love this inviting, rustic-chic bar. Owner Nila, a highly knowledgeable Ukrainian transplant, will talk you through the wine list she has assembled from small, boutique producers...

Tomb in Assisi

Tomb of St Francis

Hidden for almost 600 years, St Francis' tomb was discovered beneath the Basilica di San Francesco in 1818 following a 52-day dig, and painstakingly restored in 2011. You'll find the stone sarcophagus containing...

Basilica in Assisi

Basilica di Santa Chiara

Built in a 13th-century Romanesque style, with muscular flying buttresses and a striking pink-and-white striped facade, this church is dedicated to St Clare, a spiritual contemporary of St Francis and founder of...

Basilica in Assisi

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli

The enormous domed church you see as you approach Assisi along the Tiber valley is the 16th-century Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, some 4km beneath Assisi proper. Built between 1565 and 1685, its vast...

Osteria in Assisi

Hostaria Terra Chiama

Annarita is your hospitable host at this casual, brick-arched osteria, where enquires for a glass of local red are met with a barrage of tasting options. Its menu, designed to showcase regional ingredients,...

Sandwiches in Assisi

Terra Umbra Antica

A fat, well-stuffed panino, perhaps with tangy pecorino cheese or sweet prosciutto crudo (Parma ham), makes for a handy, on-the-hoof lunch. This small food shop near the basilica in Santa Maria degli Angeli...

Umbrian in Assisi

Ristorante La Rocca

Family-run Ristorante La Rocca serves a full lineup of Umbrian classics at bargain prices. The large interior dining room is a bit sterile and formal (and noisy when packed with fellow diners), but both the food...

Umbrian in Assisi

La Locanda del Podestà

A short hop from the Basilica di San Francesco, this inviting restaurant is big on old-world charm, with low arches and stone walls. The menu is similarly traditional, featuring Umbrian staples such as black...

Fort in Assisi

Rocca Maggiore

Looming over Assisi is the 14th-century Rocca Maggiore, an oft-expanded, pillaged and rebuilt fortress that commands inspiring 360-degree views of Perugia to the north and the surrounding valleys below. Walk up...

Umbrian in Assisi

Trattoria da Erminio

This charming backstreet trattoria is known for its grilled meats, prepared on a huge fireplace in the small dining area. In summer, tables on the pretty cobbled street are hot property, and no wonder – this is...

Umbrian in Assisi

Osteria dei Priori

This cosy brick-vaulted osteria sets an attractive stage for flavoursome regional fare. Presuming you've booked ahead, you're in for quite a treat: bruschette and charcuterie starters, Umbrian pastas paired with...

Church in Assisi

Cattedrale di San Rufino

This 13th-century Romanesque church, remodelled by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century, contains the font where St Francis and St Clare were baptised. The square facade, punctuated by three doors and three rose...