The Green Heart of Italy
With hills and mountains covered with woods, vineyards and olive groves, Umbria’s moniker as the “Green Heart of Italy” is an apt one. The many hilltop towns are home to artistic and architectural treasures that rival those found in bigger cities.
Aside from being struck by its beauty, visitors to the region will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable it is to travel here. Free entry at many of the attractions and plenty of outdoor activities make Umbria one of Italy’s best budget destinations.
Things to do in Assisi and surrounds
Cultural activities in Assisi
Assisi is most famous for being the birthplace of St Francis. The tourism industry has been built around this famous saint. The Basilica of Saint Francis is the crowning glory of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed buildings, but the Basilica of Saint Clare and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva are also well worth a visit.
Perched on a hill overlooking Assisi is the Rocca Maggiore, a 12th century fort. The impressive battlements of the recently restored castle dominate the Assisi skyline. Inside, the stately rooms contain art and other historical items.
Outdoor activities in Assisi
Although the town is a religious one at heart, its striking beauty and pristine medieval old town will enchant visitors of any motive. Mount Subasio, with its wooded slopes and numerous trails is a paradise for nature lovers. There are routes to suit experts and amateurs alike.
Wine tasting near Assisi
Just a 20-minute drive outside of Assisi, Cantina Dionigi is located in the heart of the most unspoilt part of Umbria. You can spend time strolling through the olive groves and vineyards before tasting some of the farm’s excellent wines.
Cantina Dionigi is 200 meters away from the launch site for Balloon Adventures Italy’s hot air balloon rides. We provide transfers from Assisi, Montefalco, Perugia, Spello, Trevi, Foligno, Bevagna, Spoleto and Todi to the estate. You can also stay the night in our Chief Pilot’s villa for a truly authentic Italian experience.