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There are a number of resources available to help you plan your trip to Assisi. Your first destination online should be to either Umbria Online or Assisi Online. On either of these sites you will find general information about travel within the area, including a link to maps of Assisi and the Umbrian region. These sites also have information on the area's climate, events and festivals that occur during the year, and what to do and what to see whilst in the area.
Another great source of information is to check out online forums, such as those found on TripAdvisor or other travel websites (you can never have enough information). All major guidebooks offer great information on travel to Italy and Assisi. Budget travelers should look for "Lonely Planet" or "Let's Go" guides, while those with a more generous budget should check out "Frommer's" or "Fodor's" guidebooks.
From one traveller to ASSISI: An unforgettable experience awaits you in Umbria. It is magnificent and you get the feeling of being "off the beaten path". The people were friendly, the attractions incredible, the art and architecture magnificent, and the food, wine and gelato simply delicious.
While there, one should not omit a visit to Assisi, and to further understand the significance of St. Francis, a hired professionally licensed and certified guide (anne@annesitaly) can make it a very special and enjoyable experience. A visit to Assisi is made special by walking down the local streets and alleyways where some neighborhood walls were made by the Romans to others whose new apartment or store walls were restored after the mid 1990s earthquake. Examples of Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval arches and buildings can be found and are frequently seen side-by-side. The Papal Basilica of St. Francis can not be missed! The story of St. Francis and his miracles can be found in the mind altering frescoes and paintings inside the Basilica - the artwork were completed by numerous late medieval painters like Cimabue, Giotto, Martini, and Lorenzetti. A special visit to the crypt enables one to be up close to the sarcophagus of St. Francis. After spending most of the day there, why not travel onward to nearby Spello (less than 20 mins by car). There is a wonderful Enoteca (Enoteca Properizone) there that specializes in a variety of wine and olive oil. For about 30 Euros, you can experience tasting several wines while eating great meals that accompany them. A truly fantastic gastronomic experience is made complete by the brothers who own the Enoteca who are very friendly and personally go over the charm and bouquet of each sampled wine.