Duration: 12 hours
Pick up and drop off: your accomodation.
Departure: 08.00 am-09.00 am
Return: 08.00 pm - 09.00 pm
A private excursion through the enchanting hilltop towns of Assisi and Cortona on a day trip from Florence. Walk around Assisi, and learn about the life of St Francis of Assisi on visits to the Basilica of San Francesco and the Convent of Santa Chiara. Stop to admire the 9th-century church in Santa Maria degli Angeli before continuing to the Tuscan town of Cortona for some free time to explore. We are allowed to drive in the centre of all cities so you have not to walk miles as when you take a bus tour.
Leave central Florence in the morning and travel south out of Tuscany into the Umbrian countryside. Your first stop is at the hilltop town of Cortona, famous as the setting of Under the Tuscan Sun, a 2003 movie based on a memoir of the same title. Use your free time in Cortona and sightsee independently. Landmarks to look out for include the imposing Palazzo Comunale and Santa Margherita Sanctuary, a place of worship that was built to celebrate Cortona’s patron saint. The tour continues with a stop for one and half hours at a small winery at Montepulciano to taste the most celebrated Nobile red wine and extra virgin olive oil, products of this region, and you will relax far from the hustle and bustle of Florence having a snack with cold cuts, bread and sheep cheese (included).
The last stop is at Assisi, an enchantingly beautiful hill town that’s known for its links to St Francis. This son of a wealthy merchant, who chose to embrace poverty and preach on the streets of the town, has since became Italy’s patron saint. Follow in St Francis’ footsteps on a walking tour of the town and visit the Basilica of San Francesco with its famous Giotto frescoes. Gaze in wonder at the artwork and learn about their medieval depictions of St Francis’ life in Assisi. The town was also the home of St Clare, who became one of St Francis’ first true followers. Visit the Convent of Santa Chiara dedicated to her.
On the town’s outskirts lies Santa Maria degli Angeli, home to a beautiful 9th-century church that’s believed to be the place of worship once favored by St Francis. Take some time to wander around the aisles.
In the early afternoon, meet your driver at the prearranged time, and then travel back through the Tuscan hills to central Florence where your tour finishes.