Take a guided journey through the rolling green hills of Tuscany and Umbria and discover the architectural and artistic jewels of Assisi and Cortona. Assisi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Italy – and when you see the beauty of this medieval town, you'll understand why not only Catholics are attracted to visit and experience the unmistakable peacefulness here. Your other destination is Cortona, an ancient Etruscan town on the top of a hill overlooking the Val di Chiana. You'll have free time to explore the winding streets, breathtaking views, and quaint artisan shops of this little city, which you'll recognize as the location for the 2003 movie Under the Tuscan Sun.
Please Note: We offer pickup at your downtown Florence hotel/location, depending on agency availability. Evening drop-off point is just outside Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence.
Please Note: If the number of participants is less than 8 persons, we reserve the right to offer the tour with a driver who gives the explanations instead of a guide. The rest of the tour will remain unchanged.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please respect the dress code upheld by places of worship – no mini skirts, shorts or bare arms will be allowed. We recommend comfortable shoes.
Booking Conditions: In case of force majeure (road conditions, strikes, delays, changes to museum opening hours or other), the tour operator Ciao Florence can make changes to the tour at any time or replace it with an alternative service of the same category. In this case the price will not be subject to change and will be presented and communicated in advance before departure. If, regardless of the reservations, during the period of greatest influx of tourists, there is a delay for the ticket pick up at museums, the Tour Operator Ciao Florence and its staff are not responsible.
Cancellation Policy: In order to avoid sanctions, cancellation of reservations must be received at least one (1) business day in advance. If, for whatever reason, the tour operator cancels the tour, the customer is entitled to a full refund of amount paid. There are no refunds for customers who do not show up at the meeting point on time for the start of the tour, and for clients who lose contact with the guide or do not complete the excursion. Any customer complaint must be communicated within 10 business days after the tour.
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Take a journey through the rolling green hills of Tuscany and Umbria and discover the architectural and artistic jewels of Assisi and Cortona.
Assisi – birthplace of Saint Francis and UNESCO World Heritage site – crowns the spur of Mount Subasio, overlooking a picturesque valley characterized by gentle rolling hills and vineyards. Let your guide lead you through the narrow, winding streets and alleyways of this beautiful medieval town and learn about its history walking in San Francesco's and Santa Chiara’s footsteps. Experience the awe-inspiring Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, where Giotto’s frescoes representing the life of the saint await you. Discover why it is such an important pilgrimage site. Next, you will visit the Basilica of Santa Chiara – dedicated to and containing the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, known today as the Order of Saint Clare.
After the guided tour you will have free time to stroll around the shops or sit outside in cafés and breathe in the atmosphere of peace characterizing this mystical city. Your tour continues with a visit of the interior of the Santa Maria degli Angeli church, birthplace of the Franciscan Order, and one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city, at the foot of the hill.
Crossing the border back into Tuscany your final stop for the day will be Cortona. This beautiful small town was built by the Etruscans on the top of a hill and is famous for its architectural wonders and amazing views over the surrounding landscape. Cortona is also known internationally for being the setting for the movie Under the Tuscan Sun (USA/Italy 2003) directed by Audrey Wells. Enjoy your free time admiring the Duomo, the Church of San Francesco and the Town Hall – or just by doing some shopping in the small craft shops. A real must is to sit in the central square and feel like a film star!
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