Assisi, lies in Umbria region of Central Italy, might not be tourists’ first pick in Italy. But, this small medieval town certainly has its own charm. Perched on a hill with just 25,000 residents, the architecture itself is good enough to make a lasting impression in my mind.
Located 4km away from the main station, one would never think that Assisi is a hot spot during
Easter and Christmas period! All the pilgrims come for one reason, the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi. The basilica comprises two churches known as, the Upper Church and the Lower Church. In front of the church is the beautiful red-white-stripped square which serves as open foyer for visitors.
Apart from the main church, the city itself is worth exploration. Caution ladies, wearing heels is not recommended for this hilly terrain. The bus from the main station will drop you off either below or top of Assisi. It’s a better idea to start your trip from the top. After a few hours of walk, I couldn’t agree more with its tittle as the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
How to reach Assisi from Rome:
There are many trains between Rome and Assisi, which require extra stopover in Foligno.