Assisi, home to St. Francis, has a two-platform train station within striking distance of the historic town center.
The station is tiny, with just two platforms and four tracks, and has a small ticket office located in the main entrance, a bar to the left, and a newsstand (which offers luggage storage) and waiting area to the right. There is a public restroom along the first platform to the left past the bar.
The train station is located in the valley directly below the historic center of Assisi in a town called Santa Maria degli Angeli, and some signage and train announcements refer to it as Santa Maria degli Angeli-Assisi. Approaching the station on the train and exiting the building, you are treated to a lovely view of the medieval hill town on the slopes of Mount Subasio above.
To travel the 3 miles (5 km) between the station and the center of Assisi, you can take the C bus which stops directly in front of the station (tickets can be purchased for €1.30 at the newsstand inside the station or from the driver for €1.50 with exact change), take a taxi from the stand directly outside the station (for a fixed fare of €15), or walk by following the “mattonata”, a brick path set into the sidewalk leading from the valley uphill to Assisi.
You can also visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli located about 700 meters away in the center of the valley town of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Turn left when leaving the station and walk about a block to the underpass. After passing under the tracks, continue straight for about three blocks and in less than 10 minutes you will reach this large church which is home to Saint Francis’ historic “Porziuncola”, or chapel where the saint once worshipped.
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