Assisi is the birthplace of Saint Francis, a patron saint of Italy. This scenic town features rolling hills and verdant landscapes dotted with white-stoned buildings. With a platter full of meat-based dishes, cheese and wine, Assisi easily carves a spot in every food lover's heart.
One of Assisi's crowning jewels, The Basilica di San Francesco is the final resting place of Saint Francis. This 13th century complex comprises two churches, one of which houses the colourful frescoes depicting the life of Saint Francis. When in Assisi, do stop by the Tempio di Minerva, an ancient Roman temple, featuring six columns.
The greenery in Assisi calls for long nature walks and hikes. Mount Subasio Park is a hiking spot with numerous trails that are suitable for all levels of hikers. You’ll pass by ancient Roman ruins and orchids to reach the summit – a point that’ll offer breathtaking views of the surrounding woods and olive groves. Try visiting the lavender fields of Assisi, home to more than 60 species of the plant. The splash of purple amidst the green meadow will make you feel like you've stepped into a painting by Monet.
The culinary credentials of Assisi are best reflected in its trattorias and osterias. You can stop at Trattoria Pallotta for a plate of rosemary beef tagliata or strangozzi al tartufo (pasta with truffles). The tagliata di manzo (seared Florentine steak) – accompanied by a glass of red wine – in Osteria del Mulino is a must-have.