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Umbria Small Group Day Trip from Florence: Perugia, Assisi and Trasimeno Lake

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Discover the charm of nature, the seduction of art and the irresistible call from the spiritual heritage in the heart of Italy.

Description

Be captured by the emotions of the natural scenery of the lake immersed in the green of cane thickets and surrounded by hills covered with olive trees, by a harmony emanated from old fabrics of the city of rare beauty, by the serenity generated by the powerful beauty of the spiritual places.

Crossing the Tuscan countryside, the first town we meet is Passignano sul Trasimeno, a small medieval hamlet with city walls and a beautiful fortress, a famous tourist resort and a magical location to viewpoint onto the enchanting lake and islands.

After this visit we proceed through evocative landscapes until we reach the hill on which the ancient city of Perugia rises.

Evidence of its Etruscan origin is preserved in the travertine walls and in the well located in the village centre. Perugia is one of the popular Italian cities of art, with a beautiful square in which you can admire real architectural jewels like the superb Palazzo dei Priori (1293-1443) and the splendid Cathedral (1345) placed beside the Loggia (1423), and one of the masterpieces of sculpture with an invaluable artistic value (13th century), the elegant Fontana Maggiore (1275).

The excursion continues until reaching the beautiful places where the patron saint of Italy, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181- 1226) lived, worked and died.

On a lowland at the foot of Mount Subasio, the hill on which Assisi rises we first visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built around as a protection of the famous little church of the "Porziuncola", where Saint Francis acknowledged his vocation and founded the Order of the Minor Friars.

In this place even Santa Chiara began her monastic life. Here you can also see the "rosebush without thorns", which continues to grow only in this magic place and that, according to a legend, originated from the contact of the Saint with a thorny bush.

After the lunch break we reach the center of Assisi where you will meet up 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) made in pink and white bands, the Renaissance Chiesa Nuova with the elegant Dome and the Roman temple of Minerva of which the first century AD façade remains.

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 coming from Mount Subasio.

The wonderful frescoed cycles by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti are preserved inside the Basilica.

Breathe 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.

Includes

  • English speaking driver

  • A tour of Assisi with an English speaking professional local guide

  • Transfers in a comfortable minivan
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Umbria Small Group Day Trip from Florence: Perugia, Assisi and Trasimeno Lake

Duration: 12 hour(s)
Available: Wed
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: English speaking driver / A tour of Assisi with an English speaking professional local guide / Transfers in a comfortable minivan
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Schedule

  • 07:55

    Pick-up from Specific Hotels in Downtown Florence or Check-in at Cafe Gilli

  • 08:00

    Depart form Florence

  • Passignano sul Trasimeno

    Crossing the borders of Tuscany, the first town you meet is Passignano sul Trasimeno, a small medieval walled town, dominated by an impressive fortress. It is a well-known tourist hotspot in a spectacular position, from which you can look out onto the enchanting lake and the islands.

  • Perugia

    Next you proceed by rolling hills until you reach the ancient hill-top city of Perugia. Perugia, one of the most loved Italian artistic sites, with a beautiful square in which you can admire architectural jewels like the Palazzo dei Priori, the Cathedral, the Loggia, and the Fontana Maggiore.

  • Head to Assisi

    Leaving Perugia, we proceed towards the breathtakingly lovely places where the patron saint of Italy, St. Francis of Assisi lived, worked and died.

  • Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

    On a plateau at the foot of Mount Subasio, the hill on which Assisi is situated, you come first to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built around the famous little church of the "Porziuncola", where Saint Francis acknowledged his vocation and founded the Order of the Friars Minor.

  • Porziuncola

    In this place Saint Clare also began her monastic life. Here you can also see the rose without thorns, which only grows in this magic place and which, according to a legend, originated from the contact of the Saint with a thorny bush.

  • Assisi Guided Tour with a Local Guide

    See the Gothic Basilica dedicated to St. Clare, the Roman temple of Minerva (with a first century AD façade still remains intact), the 14th century Monte Frumentario and finally the Basilica of St. Francis’, a UNESCO heritage site, built in the pinkish white stone from Mount Subasio.

  • Basilica of St. Francis’

    The wonderful frescoed cycles by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti adorn the walls of the Basilica. The serene, joyful atmosphere of Assisi explains why it has been chosen as the symbol of Peace by the representatives of the world’s main religions.

  • 19:30

    Return to Florence

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • If less than 4 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Clothing appropriate to visit places of worship.

  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

Additional Note(s)
  • Please make sure you are not late for the sake of other participants and yourself as the meeting times are strict.

  • The driver-guide leads the Tour providing general introductory information. He is not allowed to lead a guided visit inside a city centre, nor to provide historical and artistic information inside museums or churches.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 8.

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 19:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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