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Todi, Deruta and Perugia Tour

Private Driver Service with limos, sedans, minivans for a private tour of Perugia, Todi and Deruta

This is the green Umbria, heart of Italy, with its small hilly villages, with its sweet and harmonious landscapes, and with its craft shops and its traditional cuisine. Todi is an gorgeous town; with its walls, its churches and buildings, which have remained unspoilt and well preserved from the Medieval period, it is a perfect combination of the admirable work of man, and the extraordinary natural setting of the Umbrian countryside. Piazza del Popolo, the central square of the village, is a magnificent complex of Medieval buildings, and the view from Piazza Garibaldi over the Tiber valley will leave you breathless. Along the road which takes you to Perugia, you will find Deruta, a beautiful village from where the towers and bells soar, with characteristic squares and alleyways, and above all with many craft workshops specialising in the production of ceramics and pottery, for which Deruta is famous and well known. And Perugia, 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 8/9 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

Todi: The name Todi means “Border City”, in that it runs along the Tiber river, which, during the period IV – VIII Century, was the border between the Etruscans and Umbrians. Inevitably it came under the rule of Rome, to become an important centre of great interest for civic and religious buildings. In the Middle Ages it became a free municipality, and so a lordship ruled by the noble family Atti. At the end of the Middle Ages, Todi, as many other Umbrian cities, became part of the Vatican State, ruled directly by the Pope. The poet and writer, Jacopone, was born in Todi, one of the first writers of 1200 to write vulgar (ancient Italian language). The town is also closely linked to the Italian hero of resurgence, Giuseppe Garibaldi.

DON’T MISS!!! Piazza del Popolo, Cathedral, San Fortunato Church, Santa Maria della Consolazione Church


Deruta:
Deruta is one of the most famous places in the world for pottery. From the XVII Century the production of ceramics in Deruta reached its peak, continuing then in the following Centuries to refine and perfect the product, a product which today is considered one of the best at international level. Many of the shops are of antique origin, and still retain the craftsmanship and tradition which are characteristic of the product. At the same time, the research for new designs, new patterns and colours, add value and interest to this extraordinary product.


Perugia:
Founded by the Etruscans in the IX/Xth Century BC, 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 Paolo 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