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Assisi and Perugia Tour

Private Assisi and Perugia Tour with sedans, limos, minivans, and minibuses with English speaking drivers

Assisi is a small town in the green heart of Umbria, with a unique atmosphere and spirituality, a true treasure of Italy. Lying on the side of a hill, on approach, you can see the spectacular spire steeple and towers, the red roofs of the rustic houses, and the extraordinary complex of the Franciscan convent and the Basilica of Saint Francis. Your visit starts from the Basilica, which contains the sacred tomb of the Saint, and the magnificent frescoes by Giotto, passing by the Church of Santa Chiara and the town square, where you will find the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the ancient Roman temple of Minerva. Then, walking through the streets of the centre, you are able to experience the city and its charm, because Assisi is a place of peace, a haven of spirit and consciousness where you feel reborn, and can then move forward.

Perugia is the second stop of the tour, a city rich in art and history, and the cultural centre of the region, where you will be able to see the beautiful sculptural work of the Fontana Maggiore, the cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori, to then end the visit with a beautiful walk in the elegant and refined Corso Vannucci.

 


DETAILS

Duration: approximately 8 hours


Included: comfortable air conditioned vehicle, private driver (English speaking) at your disposal for duration of tour, taxes, fuel, parking, motorway tolls, meal of the driver, and of “our best”!


Not included: lunch, entrance fees to monuments or museums, wine tasting, and anything not specified as “Included”.


It is possible for the tour to leave from locations in Tuscany and Umbria, within the areas in which we operate (click here to view map) and, based on logistics, the specific programme can be modified.



FOCUS ON

Assisi: Of Umbrian origin, the city developed and grew during Roman times, becoming an important economic centre of the region. After dark centuries of high middle age, the city became a free municipality, and it is exactly this period that saw the birth of Saint Francis (1182) and of Saint Chiara. After the municipality autonomy was lost, the city came under the command of several different families, until the XVIth Century, when it became part of the Vatican state, and up to 1861, the year in which it united with the newborn nation of Italy. In 1986,  2002 and 2011, Assisi was the location of three great meetings held by representatives of religions from all over the world..  


Saint Francis: 
Born to a wealthy family in Assisi in 1182, and named Francesco, in honour of France, with whom his father had business dealings. He took part in the war between Assisi and Perugia, where he was captured and imprisoned. On becoming seriously ill, it was his father who paid for his release, and it was at this time, moved by the compassion towards the weak, the ill and the outcast, that his spiritual conversion took place. Stripped of his material belongings, he began a life of complete devotion to others, taking care of the poorest and needy, and preaching the word of God. Very soon other people joined him in ever growing numbers, and this led to the constitution of the Franciscan Order, and then approved by Pope Innocenzo III. He died in Assisi in 1226, and is today the patron saint of Italy. He is unanimously recognised as one of the most important and charismatic figures of humanity in its entirety.


DON’T MISS!!!
Saint Francis Basilica, Porziuncola, Saint Chiara Church, Piazza del Comune (Town Square).


Perugia:
Founded by the Etruscans in the IX/Xth Century BC, it was one of the 12 state cities of the Etruscan league. In 295 BC it was conquered by the Romans, where centuries of prosperity, wellbeing and development followed. In 1139 it became a free municipality, ruled by consuls or priori, and in 1308 one of the first universities in the world was founded here. It was one of the main cities of the middle age, often in rivalry with Arezzo, Cortona, Siena and Florence, for the political and territorial dominance, until when, in the XVIth Century, it was conquered by Pope Paul III and became part of the Papal State. With the plebiscite of 1861 it joined the newborn united Italy.


DON’T MISS!!!
Palazzo dei Priori, Museo nazionale dell’Umbria, Fontana Maggiore, Rocca Paolina, Corso Vannucci