To enter Assisi is to turn back the clock.
Travel north of Rome to Assisi, passing through several of Umbria's charming medieval hill towns. This beautiful rural area is blanketed with hardwood forests, Mediterranean vegetation, and olive groves.
The walled city of Assisi is pretty much intact, with stone buildings and several churches filling the inner sanctum. Walk along narrow city streets lined with restaurants, shops, and inns, and allow your mind to wander and wonder back to how it must have felt to be Francis, back in his day.
Make your way through the city, stopping at the Basilica of St. Clare. Dedicated to St. Francis, one of Italy's most loved saints, the Basilica of St. Clare houses Italy's most important medieval art treasures. Pass the Piazza del Commune (Town Hall Square), the Palazzo del Popolo (People's Palace), and the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva. You'll also visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where the small Portiuncola chapel stands, and, of course, the world-famous Basilica of St Francis.
Frescoes of the greatest painters of the 13th and 14th centuries have decorated every nook and cranny of this magnificent church, built under the direction of Brother Elias in 1228. The Basilica is made up of two churches: the Upper section is adorned by frescoes illustrating the life of St. Francis. The tomb of St. Francis, which you will also visit, is located in the lower part. The stark walls and simple furniture are in keeping with the simplistic ways of Francis and his followers.
- The price of this tour includes a private vehicle and a wonderful English-speaking driver for the day. Your driver can tell you whatever you want to know about the city, but is not a licensed guide and cannot take you into sites.
- Admissions, food, beverages, and gratuities are not included in the tour price.
- Please note that this tour is for hotel guests staying in the city of Rome only. If you are coming in on a cruise ship, please see our offerings in CIVITAVECCHIA.
- Please note that on the first Sunday of each month many tourist sites in Italy have free admission. This can often result in long lines. If you are staying at a hotel, it may be beneficial to avoid booking a tour involving inside visits to major attractions on these days. If you have questions, contact ShoreTrips.
- Modest dress is required in all Italian churches. If you expect to enter a church during your tour, please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tops, skirts above the knee, or revealing clothing. If preferred, you may wear a shawl to cover your shoulders. This applies to children as well.
Days offered: 7 days a week