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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.
For the views
- Le Silve is an old farmhouse converted into a stylish country house hotel. As well as being situated above Assisi it's also just above the national park, so the views from the terrace are incredible. There's a tennis court and mini golf onsite, so this is one of the best places to stay in Assisi, if you're planning a more active break. They also offer cooking lessons.
For history buffs
- A medieval hilltop castle, Castello di Petroia has views over all of Umbria. And much of the region you see when you peer from your tower bedroom belongs to the castle - they have 900 acres. Inside you'll find elegant bedrooms, four poster beds and hot tubs.
- Originally a Cardinal's house, the elegant Palazzo Bontadosi is just off the main square of Montefalco, a lovely hilltop village just outside Assisi. This property has some wonderful original frescos, as well as a well equipped spa with an indoor saltwater pool.
The Best of Umbria: Art, History and Food
- A farmhouse, a castle and now a rambling 17th Century palazzo, L’Orto degli Angeli. This is a romantic place to stay, full of beautiful old antiques and art, and surrounded by beautiful gardens.
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Best Hotels in Assisi
Agriturismo Malvarina from $79Assisi
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.Value chicFamiliesCooking classes - Cookery school with lots of fresh produce from the farm.Great walks - Good for walkers.
L’Orto degli Angeli 14 rooms from $132Bevagna (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.Local markets - The summer months see a hive of activity flourish. Be sure to check what is on during your stay.Cooking classes - Learn the authethic Umbrian flavours from the chefs at the hotel.Great walks - Amongst the vineyards.Views - Great views from hotel
Le Silve 19 rooms from $132Assisi, Umbria
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!Cooking classes - Culinary courses that will take you through the preparation of traditional Umbrian dishes.Great walks - Let the resident enthusiast point you in the right direction.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool with views.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Sawdays
San Crispino Residence 7 rooms from $126Assisi
An enchanting hotel in the centre of Assisi, bristling with charm and character. The rich history of the area is reflected in the beautiful frescoes, antique furniture and traditional stone interiors. The place to stay if you want to unlock this fascinating little Umbrian town.Romantic Break - A unique and beautifully restored mansion, with traditional stone and wood interiors, frescoes and views over the city.Sights nearby - Assisi has a great religious history so why not visit the Basilica of Saint Clare and the Basilica di San Francesco.Local markets - Head out and explore the bustling markets of Assisi.Full of character
Palazzo Bontadosi 6 rooms from $177Montefalco, Umbria
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.Spa - Located in the mediaeval basement of the buildingSights nearby - Situated in the main square of MontefalcoSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Castello di Petrata 22 rooms from $366PG, Umbria
A calm and serene country escape, just outside Assisi. Rooms feature wooden beam ceilings and wrought iron beds, with all modern comforts. Relax and unwind at the exclusive spa, or a by the pool. The restaurant serves mouthwatering regional cuisine with a view, in the lovely gardens. Bliss!Families - There are plenty of recreational activities for children like target bow and cross bow shooting as well as a tennis court.Active Holiday - An array of activities outdoors like trekking, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding are available nearby.Country Escape - A country style hotel surrounded by beautiful landscapes - gardens, orchards, olive groves and forests.Cooking classes - Classes are held in the restaurant by the fantastic in house chef.