No visit to Assisi can be complete without a meander through the Basilica di San Francesco. Despite its sprawling size, the Upper and Lower Churches can get crowded during peak hours, so it pays to time your visit for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour bus crowds.
The monastery and hermitage in the lovely Monteluco woodlands is one of Umbria’s best kept secrets. Close enough to Spoleto to combine both in a day trip; this peaceful oasis is a welcome break from a hectic travel schedule.
The archetype of a medieval hill town, Gubbio stands stern guard over the valley below. Wolf images - reminders of Saint Francis’ local miracle - abound, as do local truffles and hand-painted ceramics.
The Bosco di San Francesco is the perfect solution for travellers who would like to fit in a bit of nature but aren’t kitted out with technical hiking gear. The well-tended and perfectly marked paths are easy to navigate with any type of comfortable footwear and with the simple map provided at the entrance.