Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice
Price Range: 40-60 Euros (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 20 Kid-Friendly: Yes
What makes St. Anthony's Guest House so Darn Good? St. Anthony's Guest House is run by a fabulous group of Franciscan Sisters, and is situated smack dab in the middle of Assisi. Many of the rooms have tiny terraces which provide amazing views of the Basilica di Santa Chiara, the town of Assisi, and the surrounding countryside. And to top it off, the price is right!
Location: Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a gorgeous Umbrian hill town two hours from Rome. It is the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy's patron saint of animals and nature, and a major pilgrimage site. Although it can get a little crowded during the day, when the tour busses go home, the place is yours, and oh what a wonderful place it is! The location of St. Anthony's Guest House can't be beat. It's just up the hill from the Piazza del Comune and a fifteen minute walk from the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, famous for its incredible frescoes depicting St. Francis's life.
Rooms: The rooms at St. Anthony's are basic, and all have twin beds. You should definitely ask for one with a view! The guest house also has plenty of places to relax outside of your room, including a library, garden, and comfortable sitting area.
Food: The Sisters serve an Italian-style continental breakfast in a twelfth century dining room on the lower floor of the guest house. Breakfast items include yogurt, cheese, chocolate spread, cereal, bread, juice, and coffee.
Vibe: Good vibes emanate from the Sisters who run the guest house, and peace and tranquility preside over the grounds. Each Sister has a fascinating story to tell and they were all very happy to advise us on our day's activities. We especially liked the tree-lined garden outside the chapel for reading and relaxing.
Things to Keep in Mind: The guest house has a five Euro per day parking fee and an 11 pm curfew.