Discover Assisi

The birthplace of the Catholic friar St Francis remains a globally important site of Christian pilgrimage Assisi stands atop Mount Asio and is flanked by swathes of Umbria’s undulating green pasture and the forests of Monte Subasio. At times it seems perched heaven-like, on a carpet of clouds. It is Roman in origin, yet a […]

48 hours in Assisi


Jane Keightley visits the famous Umbrian hill town to see the sights, enjoy the food and find out more about the saint whose values are woven into the life of Italians nationwide… Photos by Jane Keightley. As the last tourist buses roll out of town, the whole atmosphere of Assisi changes. With five million visitors […]

Assisi travel guide


Find some of the best places to stay, visit or eat while staying around Assisi, with Jane Keightley’s guide to the highlights of the area… Photos by Jane Keightley unless otherwise stated. What to see and do The Basilica di San Francesco Piazza San Francesco 2, 06081 Assisi  One of Italy’s architectural and artistic masterpieces, […]

Travel in Umbria and explore Perugia

Join us to celebrate the delights of a visit to this historic Umbrian city and its surrounding hill-towns  Umbria has already been nominated as the next Tuscany, the region on its northern border. However, Umbria is a big place and the overflow of visitors from Tuscany hasn’t yet spoiled this peaceful, rustic region where the […]

Readers Photos – Photos of the Week #1

After seeing this, we feel like jumping in a helicopter and being whisked away somewhere like this… Photo by : Costa (Gus) Matsos, Burlington, Ontario, Canada “View from the mountain town of Erice on the northwest coast of Sicily, taken during a two-week holiday and capturing the rugged beauty of this island”  June 2016 Readers Photo Competition Runner […]

Convex Mirror in Assisi

Ms Dale Jennings, North Carolina “A convex mirror warning of oncoming traffic on a very narrow road in Assisi. It’s as if the mirror becomes its own wide-angle lens. I saw a photograph within the photograph!”

Friar Alessandro: Singer from Assisi

From a religious calling comes the voice from Assisi as Friar Alessandro lands himself a major record deal… We at Italia! are rather excited about Friar Alessandro ? the first friar in the history of music to land a major record deal. The tenor, who hails from Assisi in Umbria, has been signed to Decca […]