Travel from Rome to Assisi on a day trip and discover the delights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town where St Francis of Assisi -- Italy's patron saint -- was born. Enjoy free time to explore independently, visit the 9th-century basilica in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli, savor a traditional lunch in town, and learn all about Assisi's history on an afternoon walking tour. Highlights include visits to the Convent of Santa Chiara and the Basilica of San Francesco, where 12th and 13th century frescoes await.
Leave Rome and travel north by air-conditioned coach, following the River Tiber toward Umbria, Tuscany's lesser known by equally captivating neighbor. Travel along the scenic Via Flaminia road, and pass medieval villages such as Spoleto, Trevi, Foligno and Spello before arriving in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Assisi.
Hop out of your coach to enjoy some free time in town, or pay a visit to the basilica in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli with your guide. The beautiful 9th-century church is believed to be the place of worship that was favored by St Francis. Return to Assisi after looking around the church, and meet back up with the rest of your group for lunch at a traditional restaurant in town.
In the afternoon, walk off the food with a stroll around Assisi and learn about the town's history and see its many sights. Famed as the birthplace of Italy's Catholic patron saint, the pretty town documents all the highs and lows of his life. See the stall where St Francis was said to be born, his childhood home, and the spot where he pledged his life to his vocation. Hear of the town's other lesser-known saint, St Clare, who became one of St Francis' first true followers, too. Visit the Convent of Santa Chiara, which is dedicated to her, and then head inside Assisi's Basilica of San Francesco to admire frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Other Assisi highlights seen on your tour include the town hall square and Piazza del Comune, with its turreted palace: Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. Admire the Roman Temple of Minerva, and then enjoy some more free time to explore the town independently. At the prearranged time, return to your coach for the journey south. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off in central Rome.
Departure Dates: April 01 to October 31 Monday, Thursday and Saturday November 01 to March 31 Monday and Friday Commences: Rome, Italy Departure Point: Your centrally located Rome hotel. Alternatively, meet your guide in central Rome, near Termini Station Departure Time: 7:30am
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation Return Details: Returns to original departure point. It is possible to be dropped off at Via Veneto, Barber Arberini Square, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica. Please ask your guide on the day
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Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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A dress code is required to enter places of worships and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will risk refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements.
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