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How to Spend 1 Day in Assisi

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How to Spend 1 Day in Assisi
Birthplace of St. Francis and one of the most atmospheric hill towns in Italy, Assisi is best-known for its magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis, but this UNESCO World Heritage Site isn’t the only reason to visit. Here’s how to experience Assisi’s captivating Roman ruins, medieval center, Franciscan sites, and local cuisine in just one day.

Morning: Saint Francis in Art
Assisi’s headliner is its 13th-century Basilica of Saint Francis, part of the massive hillside Sacro Convento friary complex, which can be seen from miles in any direction. Built over the saint’s tomb and lavishly decorated with late-medieval frescoes by Cimabue and Giotto, the upper and lower churches of the basilica are both pilgrimage site and de facto art museum, best appreciated with a guide first thing in the morning before the crowds arrive. Join a small-group or private tour of Assisi that begins with a stop here, or explore its art and architecture more in depth with a morning guided or audio tour focused exclusively on the basilica complex. 

Afternoon: Assisi and the Life of Francis
After taking in the basilica dedicated to Francis, explore the hilltop town where the saint was born. Known as Asisium during ancient times, Assisi is home to a number of fine Roman ruins standing side-by-side with soaring Romanesque churches and humble Franciscan landmarks. Walking tours of the historic center touch on these highlights, including the Temple of Minerva, the New Church (Chiesa Nuova), and Basilica of Saint Clare. Those particularly curious about the life of the saint can opt for a tour that includes Franciscan sites such as the Porziuncola church and Eremo delle Carceri hermitage complex. Alternatively, choose a day trip that combines a tour of Assisi with Cortona, Perugia, or Passignano sul Trasimeno to explore farther afield.

Night: Food for Body (and Soul)
Assisi and its famous basilica may be a feast for the eyes, but now it’s time to satisfy the palate with this region’s excellent food and wine. Sit down for a tasting in a winery just outside the historic center to sample local wines paired with specialities such as extra-virgin olive oil, bruschetta, artisan cheeses, and traditional desserts. For a more hands-on experience, join a cooking class and learn how to make regional dishes such as antipasti and fresh pasta before sitting down to feast on the fruits of your labor. 
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Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

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Take a day trip to Assisi and Cortona and discover these charming hilltop towns alongside a guide. Departing from Florence, travel first to Assisi, where you visit the Convent of Santa Chiara, the Basilica of San Francesco, and hear about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Pause for a peek inside Santa Maria degli Angeli church, believed to be a favorite spot of St. Francis. Then head to Cortona for some time to explore independently before returning to Florence.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Tour: Assisi Day Trip from Rome

Private Tour: Assisi Day Trip from Rome

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Experience the medieval charm of Assisi on this private day trip from Rome. In the comfort of your own vehicle with a private driver-guide, you’ll journey to the region of Umbria, known for its hilltop villages, to visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Assisi. On a walking tour, see historical sites related to native son St Francis of Assisi, Italy’s patron saint, and admire religious landmarks like the Church of Santa Chiara and Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
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  • 9 hours
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$377.34
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Assisi Full day tour including St Francis Basilica and Porziuncola

Assisi Full day tour including St Francis Basilica and Porziuncola

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Assisi is one of the most picturesque hill-top towns in Umbria and renowned for its UNESCO-listed Basilica of San Francesco. On this tour, visit the medieval Basilica, Rocca Maggiore castle, and Saint Rufino’s Cathedral, then follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi with a tour of Eremo Delle Carceri, the Sanctuary of Saint Damiano, and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels.
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  • 6 hours
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Assisi and San Francesco day trip from Florence

Assisi and San Francesco day trip from Florence

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Discover the rich history of Tuscany and Umbria on this diverse full-day tour from Florence. In Perugia, enjoy a chocolate tasting in a local artisan shop and explore the birthplace of San Francesco on a guided tour of Assisi. Finally, delve into the Etruscan origins of Perugia while wandering among its historic walls, arches, and monuments.
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  • 12 hours
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Umbrian Regional and Traditional Cooking Class with Lunch in Assisi

Umbrian Regional and Traditional Cooking Class with Lunch in Assisi

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Discover the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with this 4-hour home cooking experience in Assisi. Visit a typical Umbrian home; get hands-on as you cook up an array of appetizers, pastas, and meat dishes; then tuck into your delicious homemade creations, accompanied local wine and dessert.
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  • 4 hours
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Wine and food tasting in Assisi in a Organic Winery

Wine and food tasting in Assisi in a Organic Winery

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The Assisi wine region is one of the most diverse in Umbria, producing a wide selection of red, white, and rosé wines. On this tour, gain a fascinating insight into Assisi’s winemaking history as you visit one of its oldest organic wineries. After exploring the winery and vineyards, enjoy a guided tasting of Assisi DOC and Umbria IGT organic wines, paired with typical Umbrian foods.
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  • 2 hours
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Sanctuaries and Franciscan Sites surround Assisi

Sanctuaries and Franciscan Sites surround Assisi

The ornate Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi is often so busy with tourists and pilgrims that it is hard to get a sense of the saint’s contemplative spirit and deep humility. Experience authentic Franciscan spirituality with this small-group guided tour of Saint Francis’ most significant yet peaceful sanctuaries outside the medieval walls of Assisi, including the San Damiano Monastery, Porziuncola chapel, and Carceri Hermitage.
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  • 3 hours
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Basilica of Saint Francis Group Tour with a local guide

Basilica of Saint Francis Group Tour with a local guide

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Take a group tour of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi and learn about its history and significance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most famous and important churches in Italy, filled with frescoes and paintings by famous artists. Enter the tomb of St. Francis, visit the friary cloister, and explore the upper church all built for one of the most revered saints in Christianity.
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