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Can anyone please recommend a tour company for a day trip to Assisi from Rome. We will be there in early July (hot). Just had knee surgery so am not the old energetic thing I use to be. I remember going there by train from Rome 40 years ago and sitting in the sun and drinking Frascati with my friend and her aunt, a nun! JCG

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    Can I suggest you think again?

    Even if you limit what you do on your trip (by yourself or with a company), your visit is going to be dominated by the step-ridden Basilica. Having last visited it the day after a knee-shattering mountain path, and with an already damaged foot, I can tell you there's just no way anything can make Assisi in general, and the Basilica in particular, more immobility-friendly.

    Getting to Assisi from Rome all by yourself is easy (get on train at Rome: get bus up to main city from station in valley. Do it in reverse). But doing anything in a near-vertical city with an almost total ban on wheeled traffic, and with a Basilica dominated by steps is a very serious challenge if your legs aren't working properly. None of it helped by the immense crowds Assisi attracts about 360 days a year.

    There's no shortage of pleasant cities in Italy that are less challenging: even Orvieto, for example, has easier access from the station in the valley and far more meandering on the flat. And every single one of them will be less crowded than Assisi.

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    It looks like you have been trying to do this since 2006. I doubt a tour company can add any benefit in your case. Let's look at what they can provide vs. doing it on your own.

    Rome-Assisi: You need to make it to the train station, bus station or tour pickup point in Rome. Then ride train, bus, tour bus to Assisi. This part is similar from the mobility point of view. In case of train, hop a taxi to the Assisi town from the Assisi train station.

    Inside Assisi: You are either going up or down. Not much flat spot here. The tour will not help you one bit. In fact, you are expected to keep up with the tour. You can care to go as slow as you wish if you are on your own within the limit of the return trip timing. Have you actually read the conditions that come with the tours? They usually include a statement in the effect, participants must be able to walk distances, no wheelchair or scooters. The director cannot provide personal mobility assistance, etc.

    Even if you limit your visit to the Basilica, you still need to climb up steep road up from the parking lot not to mention steps inside. This is one of the many mobility challenging destinations in Italy.

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