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Assisi: Walking Tour with Basilica of Saint Francis Ticket

1. Assisi: Walking Tour with Basilica of Saint Francis Ticket

Explore the rich culture and history of Assisi, the birthplace of one of Italy's most famous patron saints, Saint Francis, on a guided walking tour. Along your way, marvel at long-standing Roman ruins and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi up close. Walk through the town's oldest quarters, marveling at the ruins of the Roman amphitheater that still stand strong today. These ruins are perfectly integrated between the medieval houses that are still inhabited by locals today. Then, admire the city from a different vantage point from the medieval Rocca Maggiore. Afterwards, stroll through the town to visit the Cathedral of San Rufino. Here, learn about Saint Francis' baptismal in the cathedral and take your time walking under its impressive and historic arches. Next, see the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Piazza del Comune, which is the main square of the city. Here you can admire the Temple of Minerva, one of the best preserved Roman temples in Italy, surrounded by some impressive medieval government buildings. Finally, walk through the splendid Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi with your guide. Perched atop a hill overlooking the surrounding landscape, the basilica's many archways, open squares, and stunning 13th and 14th-century frescoes will stay imprinted in your mind.

Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

2. Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

You will start your visit from the lower floor by entering the tomb of Saint Francis and then you will keep exploring the church in the altar area where the frescoes about the life of Jesus are located. See the friary cloister. The upper church at the end will make you know the life of Saint Francis through the famous cycle of paintings decorating the church’s side walls. The Basilica of Saint Francis is a bilevel 13th century building which preserves the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved saints in the world. This grandiose gorgeously embellished church also preserves frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and other well-known medieval painters of Italy. Indeed, it is one of the most focal points of both art and spirituality. This church is a powerful place for believers and art lovers alike.

From Rome: Full-Day Assisi & Orvieto Semiprivate Tour

3. From Rome: Full-Day Assisi & Orvieto Semiprivate Tour

Enjoy a day away from the bustle of Rome on a full-day tour of Umbria, one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. Rich in vineyards, olive groves and the hillside villages, the most famous site in the region is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Assisi. Upon arrival in this mystical place of St. Francis, walk inside the ancient walls. Built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio, the colorful houses of ink stone, narrow streets, flowered balconies and ornate palaces will offer great views. A highlight of your time in Assisi will be a visit to the Basilica of San Francesco to see the Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. After lunch, continue to Orvieto to admire the magnificence of the cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with glittering facade windows, mosaics and sculptures. Enjoy the charm of Orvieto, and admire the many churches scattered around its historic center. Return to Rome for a hotel back in the early evening.

Orvieto: 2-Hour Cathedral and Underground Tour

4. Orvieto: 2-Hour Cathedral and Underground Tour

Start your tour in front of the amazing facade. Listen to your guide as they share plenty of information about the mosaics, the sculptures and the history of the church before taking you inside the huge building. Visit every part of the church, with a special focus on the beautiful San Brizio chapel, decorated by the Renaissance artist Luca Signorelli. Take a walk in the heart of Orvieto to the underground area of Pozzo della Cava to discover the hidden part of the city. Here your guide will teach you how the rooms were used throughout history, and you will look down into the impressive 36-meter deep Etruscan well. After your underground tour, walk to the edge of the city. From the top of the cliffs, admire stunning views on the rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive trees, and see the medieval town. A short walk throug picturesque little alleys will take you back to Piazza Duomo, where your tour ends.

Rome: Cascia and Spoleto Full-Day Tour

5. Rome: Cascia and Spoleto Full-Day Tour

Umbria is the hometown of famous saints St. Francis (the patron saint of Italy and founder of the Franciscan order), St. Clare (the founder of the order of St. Clare), and the equally famous St. Rita of Cascia. Born in Roccaporena in 1381, St. Rita was one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church, with her related symbols being roses and figs. The Basilica was built in 1937 and consecrated in 1947, and the monastery where she lived for forty years was rebuilt in the 18th Century and houses the nuns of the Augustinian community. In between your exploring of the history of Umbria, you will have free time for lunch in a typical restaurant, and you may also choose to utilize this time off for personal prayer. Your trip then continues to Spoleto, a gorgeous Middle Ages uphill town in which you will discover Etruscan and Roman Age buildings such as a theater and the amphitheater which are located in the upper village. The Rocca Albornoziana houses 6 towers, a number of beautiful frescoes and the National Museum. The 14th century Ponte delle Torri, or "Bridge of Towers", is built on the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and stretches across a gorge towards the Rocca. At the conclusion of your day, you will be returned to Rome at approximately 7:00PM.

From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

6. From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in central Rome or head to the meeting point in the city center. Board the coach and depart at 8 AM, setting off towards the ancient city of Bagnoregio in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy.  When you arrive, take a stroll around Civita di Bagnoregio which was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The town is noted for its striking position on top of a plateau between the two valleys called Fossato del Rio Torbido and Fossato del Rio Chiaro. Find out about how the settlement is also known as the 'dying town' and was historically accessed by a single road that led from the Tiber valley to Lake Bolsena.  Then, stop for a delicious lunch at a local Italian restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the tour to Orvieto, another small town of Etruscan origins where you can admire the magnificent 14th-century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. Visit the remarkable Pozzo di San Patrizio, a historic well that was built by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence in the 16th Century.  Finally, return to Rome where you will be dropped off at the meeting point in the city center.

From Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Small Group Tour

7. From Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Small Group Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome for the day on a full-day tour of Umbria, one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. Rich in vineyards, olive trees, and hill-top villages, the most famous site in the region is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Assisi. Upon arrival at this mystical place, learn about Saint Francis as you wander within the ancient walls. Built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio, the colorful houses of ink stone. narrow streets, flower decked balconies, and noble palaces provide beautiful views. A highlight of your time in Assisi will be a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to see Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. After lunch, continue to Orvieto to admire the magnificence of its cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics, and sculptures. Soak up Orvieto’s charms, and marvel at the countless churches scattered around its historic center. Transfer back to Rome for a hotel drop off in the early evening.

From Florence: Trasimeno Lake, Perugia & Assisi Private Tour

8. From Florence: Trasimeno Lake, Perugia & Assisi Private Tour

As you cross the Tuscan countryside, the first town you meet will be Passignano sul Trasimeno, a small medieval hamlet with ancient city walls and a beautiful fortress. The town features a famous tourist resort at a magical location which provides a stunning view of the enchanting lake and surrounding islands. After this visit you proceed through the evocative landscape until you reach the hill from which the ancient city of Perugia rises. Evidence of its Etruscan origin is preserved in the travertine walls and the conveniently located in the village centre. Perugia is one of the most popular Italian cities of art, with a beautiful square from which you can admire architectural jewels such as the superb Palazzo dei Priori (1293-1443) and the splendid Cathedral (1345) placed beside the Loggia (1423). The elegant Fontana Maggiore (1275) is another breathtaking masterpiece. The excursion continues until you reach the quaint town where the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181- 1226) lived, worked and died. The town of Assisi can be found at the foot of Mount Subasi. On your arrival you will first visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built as protection for the famous church of the "Porziuncola", where Saint Francis acknowledged his vocation and founded the Order of the Minor Friars. This is also the place where Santa Chiara began her monastic life. Here you can also see the "rosebush without thorns", which continues to grow only in this magical place, according to a legend the rose originated from the contact of the Saint with a thorny bush. After breaking for lunch you reach the center of Assisi where you will meet with an expert local Guide who will accompany you on an exciting visit to the civil and religious artistic heritage of the city. Admire the splendid Gothic Basilica dedicated to Saint Chiara (1257) featuring characteristic pink and white bands, the Renaissance Chiesa Nuova with an elegant Dome and the Roman temple of Minerva which still retains its first century AD façade. Discover the fourteenth century Monte Frumentario and finally visit the famous and beautiful St Francis’ Basilica, a UNESCO heritage monument, built with white-rosy stone originating from Mount Subasio. The wonderful frescoed cycles painted by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti are preserved inside the Basilica. Breathe in the special atmosphere of serenity and joy that this city emanates and you will understand why it has been chosen as symbol of Peace by the delegates of the main religions in the world.

Historical Umbria: on the Romans' footsteps

9. Historical Umbria: on the Romans' footsteps

Starting from Florence, you will be driven to one of the greenest and most unknown Italian regions, Umbria, during this full-day, semi-private tour. The first step is the visit to the heart of Saint Francis order, the Benedictine, Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage. Here you will visit the Basilica, then explore every corner of the city through a walking tour. Afterwards, you will be driven through the countryside to Todi, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a typical Umbrian lunch, accompanied by a breathtaking view of the valley. Before returning to Florence, you will visit the Roman outpost, Orvieto, with its preserved, original Roman walls, as well as the Arch of Drusus, the Roman House, and the Roman Theatre.

Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Skip-The-Line with Lunch

10. Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Skip-The-Line with Lunch

From Rome, the tour will include stops to visit the towns of Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio. Explore these towns at your own pace, or choose to employ the services of a private locally-licensed tour guide, at an additional cost. Orvieto is a town in the region Umbria situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city rises above the almost vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. Orvieto was built originally in the Etruscan era, and it kept growing throughout the ages. It now has the looks of a medieval small town, but it’s still possible to understand its entire history by visiting the town’s most important sites. Among the important sites to visit in Orvieto is the cathedral, one of the most magnificent you’ll ever see. Civita di Bagnoreggio is a small town located atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff. It was founded during the Etruscan era, and during the centuries it never grew much in width, always remaining incredibly small. Nowadays, the town has a limited number of inhabitants, and it was known as a dying town before tourism started to head in its direction during the last few years. During the tour, you’ll have lunch in a typical farmhouse restaurant and visit the main sites of each town. Please consider that spending a long time in each of the towns will mean that you’ll be able to have shorter visits in the other towns. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to your accommodation in Rome. The tour will be a total of 10-hours from pickup to drop-off.

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What people are saying about Umbria

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Excellent guide Ganpiero in Assisi. Same as driver and car guide

only criticism of a bug when booking online with GYG, the voucher counted 1 person instead of 2 for the same price 496th indicated on the GYG platform! And the name had changed ... Cold sweats! It was necessary to cancel the first reservation thanks to the effective intervention of GYG the correspondent in France; all this adjustment took 2 hours of time. But all is well that ends well and we will only keep the good memories of our three guides with a special mention to Ganpiero the erudite and affable archaeologist who explained Assisi to us.

Privet Assissi and Orvietto tour was better then I expected

This trip was beyond my expectation. Antuanett was an excelent tour guide. It was only 3 of us, we had extremely friendly atmosphere, Assissi and Orvietto was stunning. We also enjoyed a nice lunch with umbria wine and truffles as well stopped for fenomenal wine testing. I would absolutely recommend this tour

Our guide spoke very good German and explained everything wonderfully with a great deal of background knowledge, without it seeming boring or slowed down.

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who took more time than agreed to catch up and tell everything interesting.

The guide was very kind and the walk was very pleasant. Very beautiful landscapes.