Discover 2 jewels of Tuscany and Umbria on an 8-hour tour of Cortona and Assisi from Florence or Siena. Explore the birthplace and shrine to St. Francis. Cross the fertile Val di Chiana, admiring views of vineyards and gentle valley slopes along the way.
What to Expect
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day on a full-day tour of central Italy, departing Florence or Siena for the artistic towns of Cortona and Assisi.
Cross the Val di Chiana to Cortona, a delightful hilltop town of ancient origins. Wander streets bursting with architectural treasures, and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Follow in the footsteps of the famous movie “Under the Tuscan Sun,” filmed in Cortona in 2003.
Next, transfer to Assisi and walk in the footsteps of San Francesco (St. Francis) of Assisi. Explore the winding streets of the pilgrimage town. Go to the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, and gaze at the frescoes of the saint’s life by Giotto. Learn the story of the saint on the site where his remains are interred.
Enjoy some free time to stroll around the town center at leisure, discovering the UNESCO inscribed Franciscan monuments and other landmarks at your own pace.
Then, go to the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli at the foot of the hill of Assisi. Constructed in a Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679, it encloses the small 9th-century chapel of Porziuncola, the most sacred place for followers of the Franciscan Order.
- Transportation by air-conditioned car or minivan
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- English-speaking driver/escort
- Visit to Assisi and Cortona
What's Not Included
- Museum tickets
- Guided tour of Assisi
- Guided tour of Cortona