We finished up our day trips in Tuscany by driving the short distance from Montepulciano to Assisi. We could see the town long before we reached it because it’s a walled off city sitting on top of a hill. It really gives you a glimpse of what cities were like during the Middle Ages!
Assisi is the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi, and we couldn’t wait to see the huge church and monastery named after him. The church consists of two levels: the lower Basilica with the tomb of Saint Francis and the upper Basilica. Both were beautiful and had video kiosks that told different stories about Saint Francis. We saw several monks dressed in their brown robes, but I felt too embarrassed to take their picture!
After our tour of the Basilica, we walked up and down a lot of hills to get to our lunch spot. Wear comfy shoes because we did a lot of climbing and walking! Le Terrazzo di Properzio was the perfect spot for lunch because of the view! We were able to sit outside on the shaded terrace, and the weather was perfect. Matt and I shared a bread and cheese platter and we each followed it with pasta dishes of course!
After lunch, we bought some souvenirs and made our way back to Montepulciano. All in all, we enjoyed our time in Assisi, but I wouldn’t say that this city is a “must-do.” If you have the time, then it’s worth the visit, but if you can’t make it, then I don’t think you would be missing too much. If you’re having to choose between day trips, then definitely make Siena the priority!
Next week’s post will cover our private tour through Pompeii… so much more interesting than I thought it would be!