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Assisi and Gubbio Tour

Private Chauffeur service in Umbria (luxury limos, sedans, town cars, minivans for hire) for a Private Tour of Assisi and Gubbio

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.

Crossing the green hills of Umbria, the tour takes you to Gubbio, an adorable town which is beautifully preserved, with great charm and a glorious past. After a brief stop at the ancient Roman amphitheatre, you will have the chance to visit the historical town centre, with the cathedral and the complex of Palazzo dei Consoli and Palazzo Pretorio, before ending the tour with an interesting surprise, hidden for 65 million years.     


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

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).


Gubbio:
Is one of the oldest cities in Umbria, founded exactly for its position between the Tyrrhenian coast and the Adriatic coast. It became a municipality during Roman times, and was then donated by Charlemagne to the church, following which the free municipality was born. After centuries of municipal freedom, and of prosperous development, threatened by Perugia, in the XIVth Century the city decided to donate itself voluntarily to the Montefeltro family, dukes of Urbino, gaining a long period of tranquillity. In 1651 Gubbio became part of the Papal State, sharing the same fate until the unification of Italy.


DON’T MISS!!!
Palazzo dei Consoli, Cathedral, Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, Gola del Bottaccione