Visit the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi and the Italian Chocolate Homeland
Duration 12h : 15m
20 participants maximum
Guided visit of Assisi
• Self-guided visit of Cortona and Perugia
• Entrance to two different churches
Discover the art and architecture and the religious sites of Tuscany and Umbria on a full-day tour of Perugia, Assisi, and Cortona. Admire spectacular landscapes, explore medieval hilltop towns, and tour Etruscan ruins with a knowledgeable guide.
From a religious pilgrimage site to a famous film setting: join our tour through the rolling green hills of Tuscany and Umbria and discover the artistic jewels of Assisi, Cortona and Perugia. Cortona, a delightful hilltop town of ancient origins bursting with architectural treasures and offering spectacular views over the surrounding landscape. You will immerse yourself in the setting of the famous movie ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, which was filmed in Cortona in 2003. Assisi, San Francesco’s birthplace, stands on the top of a hill overlooking a picturesque valley surrounded by gentle slopes and vineyards. Following San Francesco and Santa Chiara’s footsteps, you will be guided along winding streets and alleyways to the historical and artistic treasures of this Medieval town. In the superb Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, gazing Giotto’s frescoes of San Francesco’s life, you will learn the history of this important spiritual centre. There will be some free time to stroll around and relax in the enchanting atmosphere of this Umbrian jewel. The tour ends in Perugia with the opportunity to stroll through the old town in search of ‘springs and fountains’, ‘beautiful views’, ‘Etruscan walls and doors’, ‘parks and gardens’ through trails that wind between the five historic districts of the city: Porta Sole, Porta Sant’Angelo, Porta Santa Susanna, Eburnea Gate and Porta San Pietro. The city, founded by the Etruscans, is rich in history and monuments, including La Fontana Maggiore, which is one of the main monuments in the city and a crucial example of medieval sculpture, the Etruscan Arch of Augustus, which is the largest monument among Etruscan remains, the gateway of the Etruscan walls, the Palazzo dei Priori and the Rocca Paolina.
Available Wednesday and Friday from 15th March to 15th November.
Additional information: Customers must be able to climb and descend stairs.
The tour includes:
Travel by GT coach or minivan with air conditioning
Expert multilingual escorts
Entrance to Santa Chiara Church
Entrance to Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi
Photos of this tour
Tour meeting point
Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia
Meeting point: Florence, inside Santa Maria Novella train station, in front of the pharmacy with the green cross
Departure time: 07:45 am (check in closes 15min before departure)
Return point: Florence, Santa Maria Novella train station
Return time: around 08:00 pm