The little town of Assisi

I found Assisi to be stunning with rows of stone houses and a view of the countryside. It is famous for being the home of St. Francis and the basilica in his honor. There are many other beautiful churches in this town and honestly not too much else. It has two major roads and becomes quiet in the evening. I was lucky enough to plan one of my two visits there on the day of the Unto Festival, filled with live music and olive oil tasting. I recommend visiting at a time like that when it doesn't feel too empty, but also is filled more with locals than tourists. It should be noted that it is a very touristy town, with literally hundreds of tiny shops flaunting the same rosaries and ceramics. I found great food at the Baccanale Cafe--the best saladIve had in Europe and a grilled pita sandwich with cheeses and spinach. Too many gorgeous ceilings and crumbling walls to pick a favorite church, but Chiesa Nuova a chapel off the square was particularly amazing in its pink facade. The Basilica of St. Francis is well worth a visit, if only for the frescoes and vaulted ceilings. But the crypt, contains the humble tomb of the saint, the courtyards, and the altar and chapels are also beautiful and (if there are few tour groups) peaceful. This is a town with many hills, flower boxes, and monks buying groceries, so let your feet carry you until you lose yourself amid the tiny streets and stairs. From there turn around until you can look out and see the farmland spread below in a quilt and the rooftops of Assisi frame the edges of your vision. image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image