Holiday Villas in the historical and religious city of Assisi
Assisi in the Umbria region of Italy is a beautiful town in the centre of Italy. Known for St Francis its Patron Saint and a number of other distinctive figures in religious history as well as its grand architecture, staying in a holiday Villa in Assisi will give you an insight into a deeply religious region and historical city.
Overlooking a vast plateau, the city looks Majestic from afar and as you wander the streets you will become engrossed in the setting you find yourself in. The streets are narrow and winding, rising and descending much like the hilltop that they sit on and after a short walk you will find family owned restaurants, cafes and shops selling the goods of the surrounding towns. The locals are particularly warm and welcoming and the city is a joy to explore.
The Rocca Maggiore or citadel of Assisi has stood since the 12th century and has a deep history and significance to the city. Inside you can explore the battlements and look over the surrounding valley. The Oratorio dei Pellegrini is an ornate church down Saint Francis’ Street and inside you will amazing works dedicated to St Francis. This was formerly a stop for pilgrims on their journey to Rome and is definitely worth making part of your tour of the religious buildings of the city. The Basilica di Santa Chiara built in the 1200’s is one of the oldest in the City and stands as a dedication to the Saint Clare of Assisi who founded the Order of Saint Clare.
The city is known as the birthplace of the Franciscan Order and as St Francis among the most important figures in Christianity in terms of his influence globally, dedications to him can be seen in almost every street. Naturally the Basilica dedicated to him contains some of the most stunning displays of religious art in the world. Completely peaceful inside, you will find yourself mesmerized in awe at the decorations and depictions on every wall and after a walk around the grounds of the Basilica, you will truly understand the significance of St Francis not only to this city but to the world too.
There are many walking tours and routes to consider, from those following specific pilgrim trails to others which venture into the forests surrounded the hilly outcrop. Among the recommended local specialities are Umbrian cured meats and also chocolates made in Perugia. As is always the case in Italy expect dishes made from local produce at any restaurant you visit. Assis is an amazing place to rent a Holiday Villa, whether it’s for a family holiday or a romantic getaway, this enchanting city will have something to offer you.
Another option is Lazio just slightly West for a similarly vibrant region to explore!