|PICKUP/RETURN LOCATION||Rome Hotel or any other place of your convenience|
Today your tour driver will take you to discover the stories that made the Perugia and Assisi dear to Christian spirituality, where St. Francis dedicated his life.
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.
Your tour driver will welcome you at your hotel or any other place of your convenience at around 8.00am (suggested time).
Once arrived in Perugia, your tour driver will introduce you the city and suggest the most famous sights to see and visit as the Maggiore Fountain, the gothic Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Town Hall within Palazzo dei Priori.
Perugia is not only famous for its artistic and architectural treasures, but also for its cioccolato events, above all “Eurochocolate“, the exhibition dedicated entirely to chocolate.
It takes place every October, in the streets and main squares of the city. This event attracts many who come from all over Italy and abroad, to taste the many varieties of chocolate.
A visit of the chocolate factory “Perugina” can be also planed. The “House of Chocolate” includes a chance to see the Perugina chocolate factory in operation.
Why not visit to the Museo Storico (Historic Museum), explaining the process of converting cocoa into chocolate, and introduces the history of the Perugina chocolate company.
The Baci Perugina are probably the most appreciated kind of chocolate, in Italy. It certainly is one of the most famous sweets in the World.
Also noteworthy is “Umbria Jazz“, one of the most important jazz events in the World, which takes place in July, and has seen various artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Herbie Hanckokperform in various concerts organized in the historic center of the city, the greatest artists of the genus.
A visit to the Basilica of St. Francis is defenitely a must. It’s also the resting place of the famous Saint, Francis. Hence the Basilica’s name.
It would be more correct to speak of the architectural complex, as the Basilica of San Francesco is composed of two structures: the first is the lower basilica, a masterful example of Romanesque architecture in Umbria and the second is the upper basilica, the style of which is much tied to the French Gothic and the arches of its nave are a sight that takes your breath away.
Furthermore it became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000.
Other important religious building is the Basilica of Santa Chiara built around the church that housed first the remains of St. Francis, this basilica houses the remains of St. Clare since 1260, the interior of the structure consists of a nave, with bare walls and richly frescoed vault but instead its white stone facade has the peculiarity of being divided into pink and white stripes.
If time permits we can drive up to the Eremo delle Carceri, a small hermitage in a steep forest gorge 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. It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and consequently took the oath to exclude from all social contexts, to live in poverty among the poor. Creating the Franciscan movement.
Back to rome at around 6.00pm.
This tour length is approximately 10 hours in total and is conducted by an English-speaking tour driver that will not enter sites but drive you around and show you places, pointing out things while explaining what they are, as well as stopping at the places which require a visit and helping you access them.
Your private tour driver will pick you up from your hotel in Rome. You will have time to visit the Towns of Perugia and Assisi and enjoy the insights on the history, art and culture of these locations.
At the end of your day trip your driver will escort you to your hotel.