ASSISI & PERUGIA TOUR: 9 Hours
ASSISI TOURS, PERUGIA TOURS, ASSISI & PERUGIA PRIVATE TOURS
PRIVATE TOUR OF ASSISI, WHICH INCLUDES A STOP IN PERUGIA
Departure Points: Florence. Other departure points available.
Note: While custom private tours of Assisi itself are available daily, the inside guided tours of the Basilica and the church of St. Claire are not possible on Sundays. You may still visit them on your own.
Perugia & Assisi Tours Include: Our private guided tours of Assisi and Perugia include transportation, services of your English-speaking driving guide, taxes, tolls and parking.
Optional: Licensed local tour guide in Assisi for the art and churches.
An excellent tour guide leads this Assisi guided tour. This private tour of Assisi and Perugia begins with a lovely drive south of Florence through the Arno Valley into one of the Italy’s most picturesque regions: Umbria. Umbria is called the “green heart” of the country for its colorful landscapes dominated by olive trees and vineyards. You will pass along the fourth largest lake of Italy called Lago Trasimeno, where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 247 B.C.
Only 20 minutes east of Perugia, Assisi sweeps the flanks of Mt. Subasio in a broad curve, like a pink ship sailing over the green sea of the valley below. Sister cities of San Francisco and Bethlem, Assisi attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, particularly for its connection to the beloved Saints Francis and Claire.
Assisi is also known for its well-preserved medieval Roman architecture. Your guided tour of Assisi starts from the town’s heights, stopping at the church of St. Claire, a great example of Italian Gothic architecture containing precious paintings, the famous crucifix venerated by St. Francis, and St. Claire’s crypt. You will move towards the old Roman forum, where you can see the 1st-century Roman temple of Minerva, the 13th-century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, and the 14th century Palazzo dei Priori. You will finally take the main road downhill to the main attraction of Assisi, the Basilica.
The Basilica, begun two years after the death of the saint in 1228, is composed of two churches and a crypt housing the Saint’s tomb. The lower Basilica was decorated by the greatest painters of the 13th and 14th century: Cimabue, Giotto, the Lorenzetti brothers, and Simone Martini. The upper Basilica is adorned by Giotto’s frescoes illustrating the life of St Francis. You will enjoy wandering around the beautiful streets and take advantage of town’s perfect position for a fantastic view of the Umbrian valley.
You will also stop and have short guided tour Perugia, a beautiful Etruscan town known for its artisanal chocolate.
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