The Hotel Guru recommendations for the best places to stay in Assisi are all slightly out of town, but needless to say all have something magical to offer. From a mediaeval hilltop castle to a farmhouse turned country house hotel with amazing views.
In a countryside dotted with astonishingly beautiful hilltop towns, Assisi stands out. Are its connections to St. Francis and St. Clare what make it so magical? Or did the heavenly appearance of this spot in particular, with its views over the surrounding plains and Monte Subasio rising above, call out to those sensitive souls?
To really experience Assisi's allure you need to see this place at dusk, when today's portion of the six million annual visitors and pilgrims has left and its pale stone glows an angelic rose colour.
Assisi has been an important pilgrimage site since the the 13th Century, when the Basilica of San Francesco was built. But somehow even at its busiest, the Basilica retains a feeling of great peace. This is Francis's resting place too, he's in the lower sanctuary, underneath the wonderful Giotto school frescoes.
But Assisi's location has been known of as a special place long before St. Francis. Legends say the town sprang up around an Etruscan healing spring, around which a Roman temple to Minerva was built. Converted to a church very early in the Christian period, this is the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, in the Piazza del Comune at the centre of town.
Assisi's Old Town is quite small, and easily explored on foot, as long as you don't mind steep hills. Most of the main sights are right at the top of the hill, but it's also worth exploring amongst the medieval houses and shops.
Corse Mazzini is worth a stroll, it's got some interesting shops, and at the end of it you'll find St. Clare's Basilica, which is where you can see the original crucifix which spoke to St. Francis.
Via San Paolo is also worth walking, it's where you'll find the church of St. Stephen.
As well as visiting churches, Assisi is a great place to try Umbrian wines, attend some incredible masses and explore the local region in the saddle - of a bike.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Assisi, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our full list of recommendations in Umbria.
A gorgeous little farmstead in the middle of the Umbrian countryside. Rustic chic rooms and cottages sleep 2 to 4 people. Lovely gardens and swimming pool, fantastic cookery school and restaurant serving traditional cuisine. Lots to do in the countryside around. Great for families, excellent value.
Bevagna (Perugia), Umbria
17th Century Palazzo converted to a stunning hotel. Romantic bedrooms with four-poster beds, wooden beams, beautiful antiques and pictures. Wonderful gardens offer organic produce to the Umbrian restaurant, which is in part of an ancient Roman amphitheatre. A romantic and intimate spot.
Ancient Umbrian farmhouse turned family-run hotel in the green valleys of Assisi. Cozy rustic rooms showcase stonewalls, wooden beams and fireplaces. Enjoy traditional dishes al fresco; relax by the pool or with an in-room massage. A hideaway gem we wish we could keep a secret, but it's too good!
Former Cardinal's house, now elegant townhouse in a hilltop village with a great spa. Original frescoes adorn the ceilings of traditional and elegant rooms and suites. Excellent restaurant and terrace, and the well equipped spa has an indoor salt water pool.