The Assisi region is one of the most loved in Italy. Located around the town of the same name, the Assisi region dominates the northern part of the Umbrian Valley in the heart of Tuscany, bordering Perugia and the Tiber Valley. Known for its small, charming towns and simple, friendly lifestyles, Assisi has an undeniably medieval flavour, despite its Roman origins.
The town of Assisi, set high in the Umbrian hills, is an essential tourist destination, and many people complete the pilgrimage to Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, the founded of the Franciscan order, in order to find inspiration and a quiet moment of prayer. As a result, the region is often caught up in periods of festivals, filling the air with an unforgettable atmosphere of warmth. The welcome you receive upon arriving in your self catering Assisi accommodation in second to none, and the scenery of stately white marble buildings topping the steep, lush hills of the area cannot fail to inspire travellers.
The wooded hills of the Umbrian Valley hide a great number of medieval treasures, from stretches of defensive walls to small stone villas, making the hills a real joy to walk through. Walking in the hills affords visitors some of the most scenic views out across the Tuscan countryside and over the white marble town of Assisi itself. Whilst the town provides artistic and religious interest, the surrounding countryside is a haven for those who love the great outdoors and great food and wine!
The town of Assisi is a perfect place to spend a few days, slowly exploring the narrow, history laden streets from a holiday rental in Assisi. Throughout the town are a number of beautiful churches and monasteries, adorned in some of Italy’s finest frescoes. The most famous sight within the town is the stunning, double layered Basilica di San Francesco, which makes for essential viewing from anyone staying in a villa in Assisi or its surrounding area. The town of Assisi holds many other treasures, found within the atmospheric walls of many chapels and churches, from Basilica di Santa Chiara, Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The Rocca Maggiore fortress which dominates the skyline of Assisi is also worth investigating.
During the long summer months, temperatures range between 25°C and 30°C on the vast majority of days. The air in the hills and rural communities of Assisi is remarkably pleasant and clear, even during the warmest days. In winter, conditions can be both wet and cold, although temperatures are regularly around 13°C during winter days.
Assisi is two hours by train from Rome, whose international airport, Fiumicino (FCO), receives many direct flights from the UK. Closer, but less regularly frequented by flights from the UK is the Sant’Egidio Airport (PEG) in Perugia. Located within 11km of the town of Assisi, holiday rentals in the area are easily reached from Perugia, and Ryanair provide one flight per day fromLondonStansted (STN).