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Orvieto is perched on a plateau of tufo rock (soft volcanic rock) that was once an island in the sea covering the Paglia Valley below. Here, you will have time to explore one of the finest Duomos in Italy, a gem of Gothic architecture and take an hour long tour of the underground city with its winding tunnels and Etruscan artifacts. Explore 3,000 years of history by following the ancient hidden passages, tunnels, stairs, and rooms. Another important stop is St. Patrick’s Well. This 203 feet deep well showcases double-spiral staircases for easier access to the water. Experience a delightful lunch with delicious local wine. Your tour driver will be happy to can suggest some local restaurants in the area for an authentic “Umbrian” lunch. After exploring this charming town with amazing views, you will head to Civita Bagnoregio, an almost deserted town accessible only by a foot bridge. With only 25-50 inhabitants, it mirrors a ghost town. Stroll the narrow streets, and marvel at the existence of a place where time stopped several hundred years ago. Enjoy a visit to an ancient olive oil press, originally built by the Etruscans from this area. This tour will allow you to explore the unique history of this fascinating area. At the end of the tour we will return to Rome.
This private tour of Assisi and Perugia begins with a lovely drive north of Rome into one of the Italy’s most picturesque regions, Umbria, one of the smallest Regions of Italy. This is the perfect chocolaty experience in Perugia Once in Perugia, visit the amazing sites such as the Maggiore Fountain, the gothic Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Town Hall within Palazzo dei Priori. Perugia is also famous for the chocolate production, like the World wide famous Baci Perugina, The chocolate kisses! And for chocolate related events, like the “Eurochocolate“. It takes place every October. If you’re in Rome around that period, make sure not to miss it! A visit of the chocolate factory “Perugina” can be also planned. Other events in Perugia take place each year, like the “Umbria Jazz“! Next stop, Assisi! A visit to the Basilica of St. Francis is definitely a must. It’s also the resting place of the famous Saint, Francis. Hence the Basilica’s name. Beautiful, historical and religious location, that became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. Visit the Basilica of Santa Chiara next! Built around the church that housed the remains of St. Francis first. If time permits we can drive up to the Eremo delle Carceri, a small hermitage on top of a Mountain in Umbria. On the way back to Rome enjoy a final stop in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels) to see another beautiful basilica. Where the Franciscan movement first started!
Cascia was the home of Saint Rita. After her dedication in 1900, a large shrine was built in Cascia, which is still an important place of pilgrimage, and the house where she was born is open to public. The modern territory of Cascia was a Roman settlement , destroyed in the 1st century BC by an earthquake. In the middle ages, it became a feudal center. And then it became a papal town until the unification of Italy in 1860. Visit the beautiful Cascia and Roccaporena, to discover the life of the famous Saint Your tour driver can suggest to you some great, typical restaurants in the area for lunch. After, you’ll go to Roccaporena, Santa Rita’s birthplace in 1381. Here you can visit some places associated with the Saint, such as her native house, the miraculous rose garden, the church where she was baptized, and the so-called “Scoglio” — a cliff which the Saint used to climb to pray. From Roccaporena, your private tour driver, will take you back to your hotel in Rome, while you enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Your first stop will be Todi, also known for being the hometown of Jacopone da Todi, a famous Italian poet. Todi is still surrounded by medieval, Roman and Etruscan walls and is a quite a small town, full of famous monuments, such as the amazing medieval Piazza del Popolo and the Renaissance Consolazione Church (project attributed to Donato Bramante). Todi offers relaxing moments in an ancient environment and mystery. Todi is famous for the artistic craftsmanship, its genuine food, its strong wines such as Grechetto di Todi and for its warm hospitality. After Todi our next destination is Spoleto. The perfect place to immerse yourself in Italian history, culture and food. Spoleto has a lots of interesting sites, nice shops, and great restaurants where you can sample the Umbrian cuisine. Above all, you will find truffles, porcini mushrooms, sausage, salami and roasted meats. The Duomo is one of Spoleto’s finest venues. It is a mixture of styles, and boasts an apse frescoed by Fra Filippo Lippi, whose tomb lies in the church. Spoleto is home to two important annual events – the Two Worlds Festival, a celebration of art, music and theater; and the Spoleto Jazz Festival, which bring people from all over the world. At the end of the tour we will drive you back to Rome.
Discover Umbria, one of the smallest Italian Regions, but still breathtakingly beautiful, called the Green heart of Italy. As you travel through the typical landscapes you will reach Perugia, World famous for its chocolate productions. Once in Perugia you will see the Maggiore Fountain, the gothic Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Town Hall within Palazzo dei Priori. Perugia is also known for chocolate production and chocolate related events as the “Eurochocolate“. It takes place every year in October, attracting thousands of chocolate lovers and enthusiasts from all over the World. After Perugia, a private wine tasting in an ancient Castle! An ancient Etruscan settlement, turned into a winery. This exclusive locations is one of the most famous and ancient wineries in Italy. The vineyards are dated 217 b. C. And the winemakers have great consideration of respecting the environment, and have applied eco-friendly solutions to create superb wines. As part of the experience, we will arrange a private eco-tour of the vineyards, that you will visit with off-road golf carts. After the golf cart tour, you will take a guided tour of winery, the chambers where wine is made, cellars and an illustration of the aging system. Time for a tasting! Relax and unwind on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Umbrian region. You’ll taste a selection of the best wines, and sample some bruschettas with unfiltered olive oil and a selection of local delicacies. At the end of the tour, you’ll enjoy a wonderful trip back to your hotel in Rome.
Your journey will begin with a trip through the hills and villages of the typical Roman Countryside. Before you know it, you’ll be immersed in the real Mediterranean culture. Escape from the usual, touristic routines and explore the Umbrian Region of this wonderful Italian Country! Quaint villages, still inhabited, by those who want to carry on the tradition of local customs, in the agricultural and historical field. But also artistically. You will visit the fantastic little village of Deruta. A small hill town, famous for its medieval predominance and artistic singularity. It is renowned Worldwide for its refined ceramic, maiolica and pottery production. It’s most popular style is the “Bella Donna”: incredibly beautiful paintings of women portrayed on typical ceramic plates, trimmed with colorful, floral patterns. We highly recommend a walk in the old part of Town, such a rustic charming atmosphere… Then make sure to stop at the “Antica Fornace”, the most Ancient Pottery Kiln, converted to workshop, where you can find millions of art pieces. Take a piece of this incredible land back home with you! Of course, the Umbrian region is also known for wine & olive oil production! For the perfect ending, your private tour driver will take you to an ancient winery for a private visit! The vineyards in this winery, are so ancient that the record books have them dated back to the year 217 b.C. The winery also hosts centenary olive trees. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and groves, with an off-road golf carts!! At the end of the tour, you will enjoy the breathtaking view from the terrace, appreciating a selection of local wines and none filtered olive oils, to sample with culinary samples and bruschettas. At the end of such a captivating experience, your tour driver will take you back to your hotel in Rome.
Today your tour driver will take you “off the beaten path” to enjoy a day excursion to Sulmona. Once arrived in Sulmona your tour driver will introduce you to the history of this charming little town and will give you some free time to walk around and explore the area. Sulmona has several squares, churches and palaces of historical significance. Sulmona is also famous across Italy and beyond for the production of the country’s finest sugared almonds, known in Italian as “confetti”. They can be found at almost any important event, from weddings, christenings, graduation or anniversaries. The region of Abruzzo is well known for the great food and strong wines, too. Your driver will recommend a great restaurant for lunch! And visit to the Confetti factory and Museum is a must. The museum features well-preserved original equipment and photos, and of course you can taste and buy confetti too. At the end of this exciting day you will enjoy a relaxing journey back to Rome.
A Day long tour to one of the most beautiful places on Earth Through the rolling hills, crops and olive groves and vineyards, you'll arrive in Orvieto. This quaint village boasts with history, art and architecture that have survived the Eras, from the Etruscans to the Romans and later the Goths and Byzantines and so on. Creating today a centuries-long, unique and intertwined net of curiosities and traditions, perfectly coexisting. Every inch, above and below the surface. The first thing you'll notice about Orvieto, is it's curious position, nestled on a steep edge of Rocks. It hosts several beautiful churches like the unmissable Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, the Gothic jewel. With it's breathtaking facade, and interiors, paintings and 14 and 1500s frescos of San Brizio's Chapel. And many other Ancient churches, Gothic-Romanic, 12-13 Century buildings, towers, palaces and Medieval Fortress. Saint Patrick's well is also World famous. An ingineering delight commissioned by Pope Clemente VII in the mid-1500s to supply the Town with water. With two separate stair cases to the bottom, it is deep 60 meters approximately. Just when you think Orvieto couldn't be more interesting, there is a whole other layer of things to see. Underneath the surface. The Undergrounds of Orvieto host an entire system of caves and tunnels carved entirely in the Tufo rock. As it was customary for the Etruscans to do so, around the 4th-5th century bC. The undergrounds have been used from century to century to this day! In fact, since Orvieto is World producer of delicious wines, most of the Etruscan tunnels and caves are used today by the several wineries in the area, as natural cellars, to store their wine barrels. The perfect temperature and dark climate are essential to make the Orvieto Wines so delicious. It's fascinating to see how people from different Ages, take full advantage of this land's Natural resources. Creating a very personal connection with the past. Speaking of Wines, before returning to Rome, your tour driver will take you to a local winery, for a private wine tasting and tour. Visit the venue, the unique cellars and learn about their wine's history from harvest to the finished product. Sample a fine selections of wines to go with some local traditional dishes. At the end of your wine tasting, you will enjoy a nice relaxing ride back to Rome, with lots of stories to tell.
If you are organizing a Rome to Umbria Day Trips, you will be able to find many interesting tours, including:
These are just a few examples of the tours available in Umbria, there are many other options depending on your interests and wishes.
Umbria is an Italian region rich in history, culture and natural beauty. If you only have one day available, I suggest you focus on one of its main cities such as Perugia or Assisi.
Perugia is the main city of Umbria and offers a great variety of attractions, including the Fontana Maggiore, one of the main examples of Romanesque art in Italy, the Palazzo dei Priori, home to the National Museum of Umbria, and the Church of San Domenico, famous for its medieval crypt.
Assisi is famous for being the birthplace of San Francesco, one of Italy’s most beloved saints. There you will be able to visit the Basilica of San Francesco, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country, the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the temple of Minerva.
Also not to be missed is a visit to:
These are just some of the main attractions in Umbria, there are many other things to see and do in the region, so I advise you to plan your itinerary according to your interests and the time available.