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Have you ever thought of travelling to Assisi? Maybe you should! Book your cheap flights to Assisi, the spiritual capital of Umbria and discover the holy birthplace of Saint Francis who lived there and found inspiration to spread his sacred message across the globe; a city of wonders! The charm of this special Italian city lies in the unique mixture of romance, historic architecture and idyllic aura, that never fails to captivate pilgrims and visitors alike. Religious sites and churches such as the Basilica of St. Francis, followed by a great collection of other churches and temples are the main highlights in Assisi; however the true gem of this region of Umbria is the feeling of serenity and peace that floods the air. Despite traffic and hundreds of pilgrims that you might encounter, in Assisi you will get your ideal chance to relax and meditate. Book your flights and accommodation in one of the cheapest hotels in Assisi and be prepared to experience some of the most sacred, refreshing times of your life!
Assisi is situated in the Italian province of Umbria, within short distance from Perugia and is internationally famous for its strong connection to Saint Francis of Assisi (San Francesco d'Assisi), a religious personality that has influenced and defined the city and almost every point of attraction in it.
Nowadays it’s difficult to distinguish truth from myth, as far as Saint Francis is concerned; what is sure is the fact that he was born in Assisi in 1181, named Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone. Son of a wealthy merchant and his French wife, Saint Francis spend his youth rather as the prodigal son, than a saint. The years that followed though, he decided that there is something more inside man’s nature; and he devoted his life to finding it and showing it to the world.
He wandered and resided in secluded places, he renounced his name, gave up his belongings and lived a great deal of his life as a beggar. In 1210, he founded the Order of the Franciscans and spent the rest of his life travelling the world and preaching the majesty of the human soul and the urgent need for people to return to simplicity, humbleness, peace and justice. He was proclaimed a saint in 1221, two years after his death.
Beyond the sacred, mystical charm of Assisi’s religious heritage, this city boasts an extraordinary wealth of cultural and artistic treasures. Combine all these with the lush dreamy backdrop of the valley of Umbria and you have the perfect getaway from your everyday routine!
The nearest airport to Assisi is the airport of Perugia (Aeroporto Internazionale dell'Umbria – Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi), located 13 kilometres northwest of the city centre. From there, you can get to Assisi in a 15-minute bus ride (Line E422).
Getting around Assisi
Assisi’s public transportation consists of an extensive bus network (A, B and C lines). Fares start from 0.90€ and a typical taxi ride within the city limits should cost you around 5.50€.
- The most beautiful, impressive and important sight of Assisi is none other than the Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of Saint Francis), a church of both religious-historical and architectural-artistic interest. Consisting of two separate churches built in 1228 and 1230 respectively, the basilica features exquisite Romanesque and Gothic elements.
- The second most notable religious site of Assisi is the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels), visible from every spot of the city. Built in 1569-1679 to restore and enclose the smaller 9th-century Porziuncola church, the basilica served as the founding location of the Order of the Franciscan by Saint Francis, in 1209.
Keeping the religious spirit but in a somewhat different way, continue to the nearby Tempio di Minerva, a Roman temple dedicated to Minerva, that dates back to the 1st century BC! Only six Corinthian columns of the original temple’s façade have survived intact; the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Saint Mary above Minerva) now stands on the site of the Roman temple, built in the 17th century in Baroque architecture.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Rocca Maggiore, the mighty castle that dominates Assisi’s skyline. Built in the 12th century initially to serve as a castle, it was rebuilt in the 14th century by Cardinal Alborniz, during his efforts to establish a papal order in Assisi. Rocca Maggiore is open to the public. Feel free to explore the interior of the castle and don’t forget to climb up the winding stairs leading to the top; the view from up there is fantastic!
Complete your experience in Assisi travelling 4 kilometres from the city centre, in the district known as Eremo delle Carceri.
It was at this secluded hermitage perched in the lush canyon of Monte Subasio, that Saint Francis of Assisi chose as his and his followers’ place of praying and contemplation, in 1205. The Eremo delle Carceri area still radiates a unique aura of serenity and reminds visitors of Saint Francis’s times. The surrounding buildings though were built later on, during the 15th century.
The official language of Assisi is Italian.