Assisi is a must-see destination, not just for the timeless fascination of Saint Francis (1182-1226) and Saint Claire (1193-1253), but also for its marvelous basilicas, enriched by the works of the greatest Italian painters such as Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti. Rarely is a place so full of the spirit and memory of a single person as Assisi is with Saint Francis. A symbol of peace around the world, this ancient hill town retains a timeless air of gentle tranquility. Assisi’s urban structure as well as the beauty of its surrounding countryside offer the promise of an unforgettable holiday, combining the best of both town and... country.
The La Contessa apartment is located in the heart of Assisi, on the noble floor of a palazzo dating back to the 17th century and set in front of the majestic Cathedral of San Rufino. The palazzo, among the most beautiful in Assisi, has a stone façade, vaulted ceilings, and ancient stairways, all restored with great care. This 200 square meter apartment sleeps up to six people in three double bedrooms and three bathrooms, making this a great choice for three couples traveling together.
A private little path inside the palazzo (30 m) leads to a rose garden. While the apartment gives the feeling of being in the heart of a medieval town, the garden, with a view of Rocca Maggiore, makes you feel like you are in the countryside! Outdoor furniture provides a place for dining al fresco or just to relax and enjoy the view. There is a small above-ground swimming pool (the only pool in Assisi). The garden and pool are shared with four other apartments located in the palazzo.
A car is not necessary. You can walk to markets, restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops, as well as to all of the important works of art that Assisi has to offer.
About the region
Assisi can be reached:
From Florence (183 km) in about two and a half hours via the Autostrada del Sole (Valdichiana exit)
From Rome (177 km) in about two and a quarter hours via the Autostrada del Sole (Orte exit)
From Rimini (182 km) by way of Pesaro, Fano, Gubbio
From Siena (136 km) by way of Sinalunga, Perugia
From Ravenna (221 km) by way of Cesena, San Sepolcro, Città di Castello
From Florence and Rome (both in about two and a half-hours)
The train station is located 5 km from the center, with shuttle bus service available. Direct trains to and from Rome, Florence and Milan (taxi from the station to the rental about 11,50 Euro + 50 Cent for each luggage).
The Umbra Airport (Località S. Egidio, 13 km from Assisi) is connected to Bologna and Milan with regular scheduled flights (about 22 Euro for the taxi ride from the rental to the airport).
How to get around in the district:
Public bus service connects Assisi to Santa Maria degli Angeli (where the train station is also located), Bastia, Bettona, Rivotorto, Tordandrea, Petrignano and San Gregorio. There are also rail connections to Bastia and Cannara.
By taxi: The fare from the railroad station to the rental is about 11,50 Euro + 50 Cent for each luggage. From the airport the cost is about 22 Euro/2003 fares.
Car rental: with or without chauffeur (bicycle, motorcycle, bus hire).
Parking: Matteotti Parking is located 200 m from our rental. At arrival and departure the guests can arrive just in front of the Palazzo for loading and unloading the luggages.
- Procession of the dead Christ (holy week)
- Antique fair and market (April-May)
- Calendimaggio (first Thursday in May)
- Festival of the voto (June 22nd)
- Festival of S. Rufino and S. Chiara (August 11th - 12th)
- Festival of S. Francis (October 3rd - 4th)
- Basilica di S. Francesco composed of 2 churches built one above the other and enriched by masterpieces of the greatest painters of the 13° and 14° century such as Giotto, Cimabue, Lorenzetti, Simone Martini
- Basilica of S. Chiara
- S. Damiano Church
- Civic Museum and Roman Forum
- Temple of Minerva and S. Maria Sopraminerva Church
- Picture Gallery
- Rocca Maggiore
- Cathedral of San Rufino and frescoes of Dono Doni
- S. Maria Maggiore Church
- Palace of the Podestà
- Priors' Palace
- Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels built around the "Porziuncola"
Additional amenities include: shared garden with pool.Read more
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