The Hotel San Francesco is located in front of the Upper BAsilica of St Francis, in one of the mostinteresting neighbourhoods of Assisi, in the town’s religious and cultural centre, a few steps away from its most important monuments.
FROM THE NORTH
– A1 motorway: Take the Valdichiana-Bettolle exit. Proceed towards Perugia.
Follow the signs to Foligno-Spoleto and take the Assisi exit.
– A 14 motorway: Take the Cesena Nord exit. Proceed towards Rome. Near Perugia, follow the signs for Foligno-Spoleto and take the Assisi exit . Alternatively, take the Fano exit and follow towards Rome. Near Gubbio, follow the signs for Perugia-Assisi.
– A1 motorway: Take the Orte exit. Proceed towards Perugia. Near Perugia, follow the signs for Foligno-Spoleto and take the Assisiexit. Alternatively, get to Terni and proceed towards Spoleto-Foligno (SS 3 Flaminia highway). Near Foligno, take the Perugia-Assisi exit.
– A14 motorway: Take the San Benedetto del Tronto exit. Proceed towards Ascoli Picceno and then towards Norcia. Near Norcia, proceed towards Spoleto. Near Sant’Anatolia di Narco, take the tunnel towards Foligno. Near Foligno, take the Perugia-Assisi exit.
A14 motorway: Take the Civitanova Marche exit and proceed towards Foligno. Near Foligno, take the Perugia-Assisi exit.
– Choose the Assisi station as your final destination. From there you can take a regular bus or a taxi to get to the upper part of the town, where our hotel is located. For train schedules, please visit treniitalia.com
– Aeroporto Regionale Umbro di Sant’Egidio Umbria’s Regional Airport (distance to Assisi: 15 km)
– International Airport Leonardo da Vinci in Rome Fiumicino (distance to Assisi: 200 km)
Once in Assisi, you must get to the Upper Basilica of St Francis. The entrance to the hotel is on Via San Francesco, 48..
The Lower Piazza Sf Francis, where the entrance to the Lower Basilica is located, is now a pedestrian-only area. No vehicles are allowed; no exceptions. To get to the Basilica by car, youmust therefore first reach Porta San Giacomo and then drive down towards the Basilica, which is only 100 metres away. There are two possible itineraries to get to
Porta San Giacomo:
- Follow the road that runs around the historical walls until you get to the highest part of the town, where you will find the Matteotti car park. With the car park on your right, proceed by following the “San Francesco – Cimitero – Porta San Giacomo” signs. After less than 100 metres you will find an ancient, narrow gate that marks the boundary of the walls, to the point that after going through it you will feel like you are leaving the town behind (just after the small arch, alled Porta Perlici, there’s a “fine Assisi” – literally “the end of Assisi” – sign, which may confuse you). After about 200 metres, you will see a very visible deviation to the left, with signs to Basilica San Francesco, Porta San Giacomo, Cimitero. The cementery itself is only about one kilometre after turning left. You’ll see parking spaces at the cementery, togheter with a small roundabout; follow the road that goes around the cementery, which will be on your right and then behind you. There is usually a no-access sign, which you can ignore: guests going to the hotels in the centre can always go through in order to unload their baggage, and there are no CCTV cameras about. After the gate, you will see the Basilica of St Francis. At the bottom of the downward slope, Via San Francesco starts. The entrance to the hotel is on your left.
- Driving through the historical centre, you must get to Piazza del Comune and then proceeed towards Porta San Giacomo
- If you are caoming in from the lower part of the city (San Pietro area), you must follow Via Fontebella until the road forks. Take the left towards Via Portica, which leads to Piazza del Comune. Once on the Piazza, make sure you leave it behind you by turning left on Via San Paolo. You cannot go wrong here, because Via San Paolo allows for no deviations: once you get to Porta San Giacomo, easily recognisable by the tree on topof it, you must turn left without overtaking the gate, but leaving it behind you Cyou are already inside, so if you go through the door, you will be leaving the historical centre). Right after leaving the gate behind you, after turning left, you will see the Basilica of St Francis. Via San Francescostarts at the bottom of the slope, and the entrance to the hotel will be right to your left.
- If you are coming in from the upper part of the city (Porta Nuova), you must drive along Borgo Aretino until you get to the church of Santa Chiara. Continue past the church and keep to your right, along Corso Mazzini, until you get to Piazza del Comune. Unlike the itinerary described on point 1, here you will find yourself near the large fountain, but on the side of Piazza del Comune, opposite the Basilica. You must therefore cross the piazza to get to the “right” side and to take Via San Paolo. You cannot go wrong here because Via San Paolo allows for no deviations: once you get to Porta San Giacomo, easily recognisable by the tree on top of it, you must turn left without overtaking the gate, but leaving it behind you (you are already inside, so if you go through the door, you’ll be leaving the historical centre). Right after leaving the gate behind you, after turning left, you will see the Basilica of St Francis. Via San Francesco starts at the bottom of the slope, and the entrance to the hotel will be right to your left.
Keep in mind that Piazza del Comune, can be crossed by car in both directions. In some occasions, however, in particular on certain holidays, the piazza is closed to traffic. If you came in through Porta Nuova and found yourself near the fountain (oppisite the beginning of Via San Paolo) on such a day, it will not be possible to drive through the historicalcentre to reach Porta San Giacomo. At the end of the street, at the stop sign, take a left. After about 100 metres, you’ll find the Parcheggio Matteotti (car park). From there, follow the signs described above (along the outer street).
Several of our guests have told us that GPS is often unreliable in these parts. We therefore advise youto follow the indications we described above. In any case, feel free to call us no matter where you are in Assisi. We are always available if you need help to find your bearings.