Assassin's Creed Tour
Each game takes place in a historical setting, such as the Crusades, Renaissance Italy, the American Revolution, the age of Caribbean piracy, the French Revolution, and Victorian Britain. The game features many authentic buildings and landmarks; and while the settings are not completely realistic, and the surroundings often have changed from each game's setting date to present day, many of the in-game environments can be visited in real life.
Spoiler alert! This article reveals plot details.
The frame story of Assassin's Creed takes place in the early 21st century, describing the climax of a millennial conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. Through revival of genetic memories through a device called the Animus, the player character experiences a selected ancestor's life centuries ago.
The first game, named Assassin's Creed, takes place in the Holy Land during the Crusades. The player character is Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, living through the memories of 21st century assassin Desmond Miles.
Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood take place in Renaissance Italy. The player character is Ezio Auditore; a banker's son who sees his family executed by a Templar conspiracy represented by the Borgia family. His uncle trains him to become an Assassin to avenge his family and join the battle against the Templars.
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines mostly takes place in Cyprus.
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery takes place in Spain.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations mostly takes place in Istanbul, concluding Ezio Auditore's storyline.
Assassin's Creed III takes place in Revolutionary America, mostly Boston, New York, and surrounding areas.
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag mostly takes place in the Caribbean during The Golden Age of Piracy.
Assassin's Creed: Unity takes place in Revolutionary Paris.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate mainly takes place in Victorian London, currently the latest historical period in the series (except the frame story).
Assassin's Creed: Origins skips back 2000 years in history, taking place in Ptolemaic Egypt and eastern Libya.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey turns back time to Ancient Greece, currently the earliest historical period in the series.
All destinations are listed in chronological order.
Great Pyramid of Giza
Great Sphinx of Giza
Lighthouse of Alexandria
PríncipeIn Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Edward Kenway visits Príncipe to find The Sage.
Masyafaddress: SyriaAssassin's Creed starts and ends in Masyaf. It is also a central plot point for Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
Masyaf CastleThe headquarters of the Levantine Assassins until it was besieged by the Mongols.
Citadel of Salah Al'din
Dome of the RockThe city's most notable landmark. Served as a viewpoint.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Galata TowerMasyaf key location.
Topkapı PalaceEzio infiltrated the Topkapı Palace multiple times to meet Suleiman.
phone: +90 212 522-1750address: Ayasofya MeydanıFormer mosque at the time of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, now a museum. Ezio entered the mosque to find Ishak's Armor. The player would be rewarded for climbing the monument in under 25 seconds (Spider Assassin trophy/achievement).
- As of October 2017, there is extensive renovation work occurring inside the building, with scaffolding filling much of the north side of the interior. Outside temporary barriers stopping access to the north side of the building.
Maiden's TowerMasyaf key location.
Arap Camiiaddress: Galata Mahkemesi SokakThe building was erected as a Roman Catholic church in 1325 by the friars of the Dominican Order, near or above an earlier chapel dedicated to Saint Paul (Italian: San Paolo) in 1233. In 1299, the Dominican Friar Guillaume Bernard de Sévérac bought a house near the church, where he established a monastery with 12 friars. A new, much larger church was built near or above the chapel of San Paolo in 1325. Thereafter the church was officially dedicated to San Domenico. After the Fall of Constantinople, according to the Capitulations of the Ottoman Empire with the Republic of Genoa, the church, which by that time was known by the Turks under the name of Mesa Domenico, remained in Genoese hands, but between 1475 and 1478 it was transformed, with minor modifications, into a mosque by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II and became known as Galata Camii ("Galata Mosque") or Cami-i Kebir ("Great Mosque"). Towards the end of the century Sultan Bayezid II assigned the building to those Muslims of Spain (Andalusia) who had fled the Spanish Inquisition and migrated to Istanbul; hence the present name Arap Camii (Arab Mosque). Today, Arap Camii is the largest mosque on the Galata side of the Golden Horn. It is one of the most interesting mosques in the city due to its early Italian Gothic architectural style and church belfry, which has practically remained unaltered even after being converted into a minaret.
Little Hagia Sophia
Derinkyu underground city
address: CyprusLimassol was Altaïr's entrypoint to Cyprus in Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines.
St Hilarion Castle
Santa Maria del FioreAlso known as the Duomo di Firenze is the city's beautiful Gothic cathedral, the symbol of the city. In the game, the interior of the cathedral is a side-quest to find an assassin's tomb with the key to Altaïr's armor.
Campanile di GiottoAdjacent to the Duomo, you can climb the tower for a magnificent 360-degree view of the Duomo, Florence, and the surrounding area. It requires some tenacity to climb the 414 steps.
Palazzo PittiThe former Medici family palace contains galleries of their art and treasures. It was notably the residence of Francisco Savonarola when he used the Apple of Eden to influence Florentines into the Bonfire of the Vanities.
Palazzo VecchioWhere Francisco Savonarola was burned by a Florentine mob after Ezio's interference.
Ponte VecchioThe oldest and most famous bridge over the Arno; the only Florentine bridge to survive WW2.
Wall walkwaysFor a small fee, the town allows tourists to walk around a small portion of the town's perimeter wall and gaze at the Tuscan countryside.
phone: +39 0577 304214address: Piazza Roma, 23The town's church is modeled almost identically to its real life counterpart.
address: Via I Maggio, 1Small museum dedicated to medieval weaponry. It resembles the armoury that Ezio assembled throughout Assassin's Creed: II The ticket can be used on both the walkway and the museum, providing good value.
Torre Grossaaddress: Piazza Duomo, 2At 200 feet (61 metres) tall, it's the city's largest tower. Ezio explored Torra Grossa to find the Assassin's Tomb of Wei Yu. You can ascend the interior to a stunning view.
Santa Maria Assunta
Torre del Diavolo
Torre dei Salvucci
Abbazia di San MercurialeEzio travels to the abbey to inquire about a monk who was later revealed to be Francisco Savonarola.
Palazzo Comunaleaddress: Piazza Saffi Aurelio, 8
Rocca di Ravaldino
phone: +39 041 2715911address: Piazetta San Marco 1 (San Marco Square)The Doge's Palace plays an important role in the game as Ezio tries to prevent the assassination of the Doge by the Templars.
Arsenale di Venezia
Cappella SistinaEzio finally confronts Rodrigo Borgia here at the end of Assassin's Creed: II. Serves as the first location in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Castel Sant'AngeloThe main stronghold of the Borgia family. Ezio infiltrates the papal castle multiple times to rescue Caterina Sforza and assassinate Rodrigo and Cesare Borgia.
PantheonEzio purchases the landmark as part of rebuilding Rome. He also climbs into the Pantheon via the roof then descends into it to kill a guard captain to find his target The Banker.
Colonna TraianaA landmark that Ezio can climb up to and perch on top of due to the replacement statue not being added until 1587. Aside from that he has no other interaction with the monument. Interestingly the Assassin's Creed logo is written in Trajan, a typeface based off and named after the inscriptions written on Trajan's Column.
Arco di Constantine
Arco di Settimio Severo
Arco di Tito
phone: +39 06 700 4261address: Piazzale del Colosseo / Via dei Fori ImperialiKnown properly as the Flavian Amphitheatre, this most famous of Roman landmarks takes its name from the giant statue of the emperor Nero that once stood near this location. The location serves as a purchasable property in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and later shown to house an important vault beneath it.
Piramide di Caio CestioA small narrow pyramid built in 12 BC that contained the tomb of Gaius Cestius, a member of the Epulones religious corporation. It was then incorporated into the city wall. Ezio purchased the monument but had no further interaction with it because the pyramid is too steep to be climbed.
address: Emilia-RomagnaEzio goes to Delizia di Belriguardo to find Leonardo Da Vinci's Annunciation painting. The palace is home to Lucrezia Borgia and her husband Alfonso d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara. According to Assassin's Creed lore the palace is a ruin by 2012. However in real life, the building is intact and apparently houses the Civic Museum of Belriguardo.
address: EnglandLondon makes a cameo appearance in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, a small appearance in Assassin's Creed III and then is the main location for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
phone: +44 844 412 4660address: Catherine St, WC2B 5JFThe Theatre Royal is the last location in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, then the first location in Assassin's Creed III. Haythem Kenway used the performance of The Beggar's Opera to assassinate a member of the Assassin Brotherhood and obtain a key to a vault in the New World. Strangely, it is absent from Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
phone: +44 303 123 7300address: Westminster, SW1A 1AAResidence of King George III at the time of Assassin's Creed III, Queen Victoria at the time of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and currently Queen Elizabeth II.
address: FranceParis is the main location in Assassin's Creed: Unity. Many of the usual landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur) were not built in the time of the French Revolution.
Cathedral of Havana
Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
Fort NassauA large starfort on the north-east side of the island. It was torn down in 1867 though the ruins remain.
Queen's StaircaseA 66 step staircase named after Queen Victoria.
Tulum Archaeological SiteEdward finds the Mayan armour after acquiring all the Mayan stelae.
Rose Hall, Montego BayInspiration for Laurens Prins' manor.
address: Colombian IslandsEdward and fellow pirate captain Charles Vane get marooned here after Jack Rackham betrays them.
address: HaitiAdéwalé gets shipwrecked here in Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry and builds his slave rebellion.
address: HaitiAdéwalé frees slaves from a plantation on Tortuga in Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry.
Long Bayaddress: JamaicaEdward sails to Long Bay to find The Observatory.
SerranillaEdward assaults the fort there and claims it for the pirates.
San Juanaddress: CubaEdward dived around here for buried treasure and to steal from a smuggler's den.
phone: +1 617-367-0055address: 11 Marshall StThe original Green Dragon Tavern was used as meeting place for both the Templars and then the Assassins. It was also the location where Paul Revere overheard the British plans and proceeded to warn of their arrival.
Old State House
Old South Meeting House
Fort IndependenceConnor assaulted the fort and took it from the Redcoats.
phone: +1 215 965-2305address: 143 S. 3rd Street
Little Brewster Island
Boston LightBoston Light was a lighthouse in the frontier area of Assassin's Creed III.
Fort DuquesneFort Duquesne was a fort in the frontier area in Assassin's Creed III.
address: 139 Hall AveManor house that belonged to Sir William Johnston. Connor goes here to negotiate his tribe's land deal.
St. Paul's Chapel
Fort WashingtonConnor removed the British from this fort. Nowadays it is Bennett Park.
address: ColombiaA nearby fort, was converted into a prison. Now an Abstergo training ground.