Never show up in Assisi, especially from Easter to fall, without a hotel reservation. Don’t even think of showing up without a reservation on pilgrim-thronged church holidays or the Calendimaggio, a spring celebration the first weekend (starting Thurs) after May 1, when the town divides itself into “upper” and “lower” factions that date to the 1300s and celebrates with processions, medieval contests of strength and skill, and late-night partying—all in 14th-century costume, of course. At these times you’ll search in vain and find yourself stuck overnight in one of the bus-pilgrimage facilities 4km (2[bf]1/2 miles) away in Santa Maria degli Angeli. The official central booking office is Consorzio Albergatori ed Operatori Turistici di Assisi, Via A. Cristofani 22a (www.visitassisi.com; (tel) 075-816-566).
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