Attractions

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 Cathedral in Orvieto

Duomo di Orvieto

Nothing can prepare you for the visual feast that is Orvieto's soul-stirring Gothic cathedral. Dating to 1290, it sports a black-and-white banded exterior fronted by what is perhaps the most astonishing facade to gr…
Top Choice Piazza in Perugia

Piazza IV Novembre

In Perugia all roads seem to lead to Piazza IV Novembre, once the meeting point for the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilisations. In the medieval period, it was the political centre of Perugia. Now people from all w…
Top Choice Historic Site in Narni

Narni Sotterranea

Discovered in 1977 by a gaggle of speleologists messing about with climbing ropes, this underground world unravels like a Dan Brown novel. Buried under WWII bombing rubble for decades, a secret doorway was discovere…
Top Choice Cable Car in Gubbio

Funivia Colle Eletto

Although the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, perched high up on Monte Ingino, is a perfectly lovely church, the real adventure is reaching it on the funivia, as exhilarating as any roller coaster. The word funivia suggests…
Top Choice Palace in Perugia

Palazzo dei Priori

Flanking Corso Vannucci, this Gothic palace, constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries, is architecturally striking with its tripartite windows, ornamental portal and fortress-like crenellations. It was former…
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…
Church 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…
Cathedral in Perugia

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

Overlooking Piazza IV Novembre is Perugia's stark medieval cathedral. A church has stood here since the 900s, but the version you see today was begun in 1345 from designs created by Fra Bevignate. Building continued…