A trip through Italy's Umbria region calls for a stop off in Assisi, a quaint hill town known for its saints, churches, and art. Best known as the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi offers travelers a tranquil reprieve from Italy's bustling cities. After a visit to Rome, the Eternal City, take a trip to the countryside and steep yourself in the history and charm of another life in one of our Assisi vacation rentals.
Assisi is located 108 miles northeast of Rome and 12 miles east of Perugia in the heart of Italy's Umbria Region. Serra De'Conti, nestled in the rolling hills of the serene Misa River Valley, is about 60 miles to the east.
Assisi is known for its churches, and the most well-known is the Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi, one of Italy's patron saints. Take a tour and view beautiful 13th-century frescoes of his life that adorn the walls, painted by renowned Italian artists.
Other worthy visits are the Assisi Cathedral, Minerva's Temple, Chiesa Nuova, and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels. Pay a visit to Rocco Maggiore, a 12th-century medieval fort that sits high on a hill and offers breathtaking panoramic views in all directions of the city and valleys below.
If your visit happens in early May, catch the Festival Calendimaggio, a re-enactment of the Renaissance and medieval times wherein the upper and lower sections of town challenge each other and celebrate with plays, processions, and dances.
Food lovers can treat themselves to pecorino cheese and Ciauscolo sausage, savor a scrumptious pasta dinner with truffles and a bottle of red wine, then follow it up with rocciata for dessert. Browse the shops and pick up fine chocolates, flavored vinegar, jewelry, silk scarves, and more to commemorate your time in this historic hillside community.
Make your dreams of an Italian getaway a reality when you stay in one of our beautiful Assisi vacation homes.
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