Assisi

Things to do in Assisi. THE CITY OF ST. FRANCIS AND ST. CLARE

Have you ever heard of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi? Would you like to learn more about them, visit the place they used to dwell?
There are some you shouldn’t miss!

  • Saint Clare’s Church: with its Romanesque architecture and its impressive archways, it is a bright and peaceful place of worship. A masterpiece of Medieval building, consecrated to saint Clare. Whether a pilgrim or a tourist learn more about the pious life of St. Clare of Assisi and visit her tomb, containing her holy shrine.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Basilica: when approaching the valley, enjoy the paramount view of the basilica. Then cherish the unique frescos inside the church by the Italian artist Giotto. The Upper Basilica is bright and spacious, the Lower Basilica is shaped like an enormous crypt. St. Francis of Assisi was buried there, then was moved in a secret place. His remains were finally restored in the Lower basilica ancient crypt, refashioned in the 1930s.
  • Bosco di San Francesco (St. Francis’Woods): There are other ways to learn about the life of Saint Francis. Walk through the woods he used to wander into, and experience the deep contact with nature. Saint Francis is known to be the patron saint of animals. According to tradition he could speak to them, he felt a strong connection with nature, he considered animals and elements like brothers and sisters. Lose yourself in the peaceful paths of the woods, the silence of the fields and forget about everyday routine!
  • Eremo delle Carceri (Hermitage of Carceri): don’t miss this heavenly spot.
    The Eremo is located on a quiet road surrounded by the mountains. It is a place of prayer and meditation and St. Francis and his followers used to go there to look for God’s grace and benevolence. It is a two hours hard walk through the forest and up the hills of Mount Subasio, but whether a pilgrim or a tourist it’s worth it!
  • Eremo delle Carceri (Hermitage of Carceri): don’t miss this heavenly spot.
    The Eremo is located on a quiet road surrounded by the mountains. It is a place of prayer and meditation and St. Francis and his followers used to go there to look for God’s grace and benevolence. It is a two hours hard walk through the forest and up the hills of Mount Subasio, but whether a pilgrim or a tourist it’s worth it!

Bear in mind: when visiting places of worship and churches wear a suitable clothing: sleeved t-shirts and knee-length trousers or dresses.

ASSISI AND MOUNT SUBASIO

You can find more than history and culture when visiting Assisi. Are you a hiker or a rambler? Do you like peace and tranquility? Explore the green forest, the wild and unspoiled nature covering the mountains and breathe the fresh breeze blowing from Mount Subasio… Not an expert hiker? Don’t worry, you can choose the suitable path from a wide range. Ask our staff for the complete list of itineraries, from easy-level paths to expert hiker–level paths.

Assisi Parking:
It is possible to reach the city walls in few minutes’ drive, then you can choose the most suitable parking.
It is not possible to cross the city wall by car: it’s pedestrian zone!

Read the list of available parking:

TO VISIT: NEAREST PARKING:
-SACRED MONASTERY
-ST FRANCIS’ BASILICA
-ST PETER’S
Piazza Giovanni Paolo II Parking
Porta San Giacomo Parking
ASSISI DOWNTOWN
-CITY HALL
-ST CLAIRE’S CHURCH
Porta Mojano Parking
Porta Nuova Parking

 

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