La Viola is a historical house in Assisi, dating back to the fourteenth century, when there were three medieval “casilini” (small town houses) then merged in the Renaissance.
It has two independent entrances.
It has three large and bright bedrooms with private bathroom (Cioccolato, Mentuccia, Violetta) and a studio apartment with independent entrance (Viola.3). The structure has been recently renovated and finely furnished, equipped with air conditioned, flat-screen TV, courtesy set and hairdryer in every single accommodation.
The whole structure is equipped with free wi-fi connection.
La Viola is located in a very central and strategic position close to the main monuments of the city: Basilica of St.Claire, Basilica of St.Francis, Cathedral of St.Rufino, Church of St.Maria Maggiore, Chiesa Nuova, Piazza del Comune with the Temple of Minerva and Volta Pinta, Roman Forum and Rocca di Assisi.
Nearby there is the public parking Matteotti, reachable on foot in five minutes or by the path of the Roman tunnel with a lift, whose entrance is in front of La Viola.
La Viola is waiting for you
"It rests on the slope of a hill, and although the city surrounds it with walls on the side facing north, the rocks it was built on make the city impregnable, all neighbouring hills look full and adorned with delicate fruits; it has a great quantity of olives, beautiful vineyards, rich and abundant pastures because of the closeness of the mountains around it; the little part it has in the valley is all perfect and very fruitful"
(C.Piccolpasso – 1578/79)
Piccolpasso’s description is perfect for Assisi that lies on an offshoot of mount Subasio at a height –at its highest point (the "rocca maggiore" fortress)– of 505 meters above sea level. It was an old Umbrian settlement and it was then conquered by Romans in the 4th century BC.
Its name was mentioned for the first time in an elegy by Propertius, who was born in Assisi in 51 BC.
During the Middle Age it took part in endless wars against the nearest cities (Perugia) that forced it to defend itself with walls and fortified castles all around it.
Assisi is inseparably linked to St. Francis who was born here in 1182 and is one of the major figures of Christianity and not only that. Many monuments and works of art are dedicated to the “Poor man of Assisi” and attract a large number of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.
But besides the attentions due to the traditionally important and fascinating monuments (the Basilica of St.Francis, the Cathedral of St.Rufino, St.Claire, St.Peter, St.Damian, the Temple of Minerva, the Hermitage of the Carceri) Assisi is also worth a walk through the streets of the historic centre. In every season, with the wind roaring in winter, with the flower balconies, in bloom from the first days of spring until late summer, among the alleys of Assisi you can find the untouched medieval surroundings, the façades from the fourteenth-fifteenth century made of mount Subasio rose red stone, the short staircases, the little balconies and from time to time a view of the green valley below.
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