Travel to the beautiful region of Umbria which is referred to as the ‘green heart of Italy’, to discover the small town of Assisi the birthplace of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208 and the city of Perugia.
This picturesque walled medieval city has been a center of art, culture, and commerce for more than 2,000 years.
A notable artistic center of Italy, Perugia is also known as an university town and has been welcoming students from all across Europe since the Middle Ages.
Perugian chocolate is very popular in Italy and the town itself is famous for the production of “Baci” chocolates.
Assisi is famous for St. Francis, a simple friar, who around the year 1200 countered the decadence of Church Government and society in general with a powerful message of non-materialism.
Like Jesus, Francis taught by example, living without worldly goods and aiming to love all creation. A huge monastic order grew out of his teachings, which were gradually embraced by the Church.
Christianity’s most popular saint and purest example of simplicity is now glorified in beautiful churches, along with his female counterpart, St. Clare.
Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi is the mother church of the Franciscan Order and is a World Heritage Site. The basilica is considered one of the artistic and religious highlights of Europe.
The six fluted Corinthian columns of the Temple of Minerva mark the Piazza del Comune. The Ro-mans went to great lengths to make this first-century B.C. Temple of Minerva a centerpiece of
Assisi’s principal square.
(free time 2 hours)
Perugia’s earliest settlements go back to the 9th century B.C. Starting in the 6th century B.C., the town took on a structure in which a fusion was created between town and hill, each adapting itself to the other over the centuries, reaching maximum expansion in the Middle Ages
Etruscan Perugia with its mighty walls, one of the 12 key cities of the Etruscan federation, developed along the Landone and Sole hills. The Etruscan Arch and the San Manno and Volumni hypogeum are eloquent monuments of the Etruscan period.
Unlike most cathedrals, the cathedral of Perugia has its flank on the city’s main square Piazza IV Novembre, the city’s historic, religious and political nucleus, facing the Fontana Maggiore and the Palazzo dei Priori.
Built between 1437 and 1487 over a pre-existing structure.
Its imposing left side, raised by a high staircase, presents a geometric pattern in white and pink marble.
The masterpiece of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano and of Arnolfo di Cambio, who completed it, the fountain was designed by Fra Bevignate and finished in 1278. It was erected to inaugurate the construction of the aqueduct that channels the waters from Mount Paciano’s springs to the center of Perugia.
One of the best architectural expressions of medieval civilization in Italy. The judicial and administrative functions of the city were carried out here.
A sign of the commune of Perugia’s strength and great ambitions, its construction was long, as testified by the irregularity of its layout, extending from 1293, the period of the city’s greatest splendor, to 1443.
The result was exceptionally elegant.
On additional options upon your request, in between, is possible to take a tour of the village of Spello with a visit on a vineyard farm for a wine tastin or light lunch. (please request prior to the tour).
Once booked, it is not possible to cancel and ask for a refund of the tour.