When booking, we had told the hotel that we would arrive late by train - the Italian railway system works, but slowly! Even so, we were most pleasantly surprised on arrival, not only to be warmly welcomed by Luigi the owner but also offered dinner, which he had kept back specially for us. That was the start to our experience of the Viaggiatore, and an experience we would be extremely happy to repeat on any future visit to Assisi. The main reason for choosing the hotel was its location, aided by the Tripadvisor reviews. Both factors lived well up to expectations. We know Assisi from previous visits, but this was the first time we had stayed at the Viaggiatore, and will not be the last.
All the staff of this competently-run hotel are very friendly and helpful, which creates a marvellous atmosphere for guests. Our room was spacious and well-appointed. Despite being on the ground floor next to the reception, we were not overly disturbed by noise, as the sound-proofing is effective. Beakast was ample and sustaining - excellent coffee. We ate dinner there twice, a simple but well thought-out and presented menu. By the way, Italians are sensible people and do not export their best wines - Montefalco is definitely in this category.
It is difficult to find a more central hotel that the Viaggiatore. Assisi is not a town for cars - although the locals use them of course. So the main method of getting about is on foot, and this is where the Viaggiatore really scores points, being just off the main square with the Town Hall and the Tourist Office, with an excellent restaurant even closer, and not quite equi-distant between the Basilica di S Francesca and the Cattedrale di San Ruffino, so one can cover all the major sights without too much effort - apart from good physical exercise!
We were there over Easter, with rain prevalent. Luckily it was dry for the main Good Friday procession, an inspiring and emotionally moving sight with the onlookers falling silent as the sound of the drumbeat grew louder. Our timing was primarily to see a friend who has been living there for some years and will be moving on soon, so the visit was a combined renewal of friendship and spiritual health, both very necessay in today's hectic world.
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- Also Known As:
- Del Viaggiatore Assisi