Birthplace of one of Catholicism’s most revered saints and home to the Unesco-listed Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi is at its most beautiful when the day trippers have gone and the town gives way to sunset drinks in its peaceful bars.
As a Catholic pilgrimage site that centres on the tomb of St Francis, it’s perhaps not a surprise that Assisi isn’t known for banging nightlife. But while it’s not the place for a rowdy bar crawl, there are a number of excellent bars ideal for a sit-down and a glass of vino with your travel buddies. The drinking culture here is sedate and civilised, with an emphasis on locally produced wine and craft beer. Here are the best bars in Assisi, Italy.
In the heart of Assisi’s old town, this convivial wine bar celebrates Umbrian and Venetian wines. Plates loaded with cheese veined with truffles, and local cured meats, make the perfect accompaniment to a glass of full-bodied red or an aperitivo spritz beneath the vaulted stone ceilings.
This place on the edge of Assisi is part brewery, part beer hall, part hamburger joint. They’re especially passionate about craft beers, serving over 60 of them by the bottle and another nine on tap. Try Maplelicious from Tallinn brewery Põhjala, a dark ale aged over empty barrels once filled with Vermont maple syrup; or Aria, a fresh and fruity pale ale from Umbrian microbrewery Birra dell’Eremo.
This small beer hall close to the Basilica di San Francesco goes big on local ales. They can be paired with a wide range of salami, mortadella sausage and prosciutto in its other guise as a norcineria – a speciality butcher’s shop found only in Umbria. It’s a winning combination. Be sure to try the birra al tartufo, a truffle-infused, blonde beer which draws connoisseurs with its unusual flavour and earthy aroma.
Looking for somewhere to stay? Book into one of the best hotels in nearby Perugia and dine at one of its best restaurants. For a different slice of life in Umbria, don’t miss the quaint Medieval hill town of Gubbio, and stay over at one of its best hotels – they’re bookable on Culture Trip. From Assisi, it’s a two-hour drive to Rome; discover why you need to visit Italy’s capital, and read our guide to the must-visit attractions in the city.