Overview

Assisi - 7 nights

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SECRET ANCIENT ITALY

From prehistory to the Etruscans and Romans revealed from a comfortable base in Assisi

Our successful explorations from Assisi (Secret Italy) have inevitably lead to requests for the next edition! Our local expert, Roy Grant has chosen this time to delve further back in time, revealing more of the legacy of Rome along with Italy's first major civilisation, the Etruscans. Of course fine food and wine are not neglected and Assisi again provides the convivial base for this exploration by private taxis.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Historic Hotels
Hosted by Art Collector
Small Group Size: 4 – 18

 

Special Event

Art & Cuisine

An aperitif at the home of your tour host, also a private art collector; enjoy a ‘Roman’ lunch, ‘Etruscan’ dinner; buffet supper and Umbrian wine tasting with a local expert at your tour host’s home.

Special Departure

Calendemaggio Festival Departure - 8 May 2019

This departure includes tickets for Assisi’s Calendimaggio spring festival, a magnificent spectacle of processions and pageants with participants in medieval costume looking as though they have stepped out of a fresco (adapted itinerary).

Day 1 Fly from London to Perugia. Transfer to your chosen hotel at Assisi for seven nights. Evening walk through ancient Assisi to the Roman Amphitheatre and afterwards visit the home of your host, close by, who will describe his collection of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval art while you enjoy an aperitif.

Day 2 At Perugia a morning visit to ancient sites including Etruscan walls, two gates, a 116 ft. deep well and a guided underground archaeological tour descending to the site of the Etruscan acropolis. Visit a 5th century round church with reused Roman capitals, and a 1st-century Roman mosaic of Orpheus. Afternoon free. Later, view the Ipogeo del Volumni, the best preserved Etruscan tombs located in an underground mausoleum designed like an Etruscan house. (B)

Day 3 Visit Tarquinia’s Etruscan Acropolis with its painted tombs. Explore the Etruscan Museum with many fine objects, including the 5th century BC terracotta winged horses. Etruscan dinner in Assisi, with a menu selected by an Etruscan scholar, but suitable for the modern palate! (B, D)

Day 4 In Assisi, a morning guided tour of the Basilica of St Francis, with frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti and Martini. At Spello, visit a Roman country villa whose rooms reveal exquisite pictorial floor mosaics, several with a wine theme. Lunch at Palazzo Cardinale, a 13th-century palace built over a Roman house with 1st century BC mosaics visible through the glass floor. Visit the Temple of Minerva, the Roman Museum and a walk through the Roman Forum, situated below the level of the modern Piazza Comune. (B, L)

Day 5 Explore the impressive Roman site of Carsulae and prehistoric Dunarobba Fossil Forest with two million year old fossilized tree trunks. Continue through beautiful countryside, to the delightful town of Amelia with its 15th century BC walls of massive stone blocks built by the ancient Umbrians. Visit the Museum with its life-size Roman bronze statue of Germanicus, the son of the Emperor Tiberius. (B)

Day 6 Free day or optional excursion to Lake Trasamino, where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 217 BC, taking the ferry across the lake to an island at the centre for a fish lunch (bookable locally). A local expert presents a selection of Umbrian wines at your host's home, with buffet supper. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit the Grotto di Frasassi, enormous subterranean caverns where, over millions of years, stalagmites and stalactites have formed giant pillars and fantastic shapes, creating a scene of extraordinary beauty. Enjoy a celebratory lunch in a medieval building in Gubbio, opposite the impressive Roman ruins of the Amphitheatre. Visit the Palazzo dei Consoli to view the world famous Eububine bronze tablets inscribed with a text in Ancient Umbrian and Etruscan script. (B, L)

Day 8 Return flight to London Stansted. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Day 1 Fly from London to Perugia. Transfer to your chosen hotel at Assisi for seven nights. In the afternoon bells announce the beginning of the Calendimaggio festival, the Mayor gives the keys of the city to the Maistro di Campo, the judges (a Professor of Medieval History, a Professor of Medieval Music and a theatrical expert) are presented, and each Part enters the Piazza in procession. Evening walk through ancient Assisi to the Roman Amphitheatre and afterwards visit the home of your host, close by, who will describe his collection of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval art while you enjoy an aperitif. (B)

Day 2 In Assisi, visit the Roman Museum, and walk underground through the Roman Forum, excavated beneath the present Piazza. In the afternoon the Calendimaggio continues with each Part entering the Piazza in splendid processions, followed by medieval games competitions to select Madonna Primavera. A local expert presents a selection of Umbrian wines at your host's home with buffet supper. (B)

Day 3 At Perugia visit ancient sites including Etruscan walls, two gates and a 116 ft. deep well. A guided underground archaeological tour descends to the site of the Etruscan acropolis. Visit a 5th-century round church with reused Roman capitals and a Roman mosaic of Orpheus, Later view Ipogeo del Volumni ,containing Etruscan tombs in an underground mausoleum designed like an Etruscan house. In the evening at the Calendimaggio enjoy spectacular torchlight processions and pageants by each Part. (B)

Day 4  In Assisi, a morning guided tour of the Basilica of St Francis, with frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti and Martini. At Spello, visit a Roman country villa whose rooms reveal exquisite pictorial floor mosaics, several with a wine theme. Lunch at Palazzo Cardinale, a 13th-century palace built over a Roman house with 1st century BC mosaics visible through the glass floor. In the afternoon is the climax of Calendimaggio where each Part presents a glorious pageant. In the evening is the final event of the choral competition of medieval music and a final decision on the winner is made (usually in the early hours of the morning).(B, L)

Day 5  Visit Tarquinia’s Etruscan Acropolis with its painted tombs. Explore the Etruscan Museum with many fine objects, including the 5th-century BC terracotta winged horses. Etruscan dinner in Assisi, with a menu selected by an Etruscan scholar, but suitable for the modern palate! (B, D)

Day 6  Explore the impressive Roman site of Carsulae and prehistoric Dunarobba Fossil Forest with two million year old fossilized tree trunks. Continue through beautiful countryside, to the delightful town of Amelia with its 5th century BC walls of massive stone blocks built by the ancient Umbrians. Visit the Museum with its life-size Roman bronze statue of Germanicus, the son of the Emperor Tiberius. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit the Grotto di Frasassi, enormous subterranean caverns where, over millions of years, stalagmites and stalactites have formed giant pillars and fantastic shapes, creating a scene of extraordinary beauty. Enjoy a celebratory lunch in a medieval building in Gubbio, opposite the impressive Roman ruins of the Amphitheatre. Visit the Palazzo dei Consoli to view the world famous Eububine bronze tablets inscribed with a text in Ancient Umbrian and Etruscan script. (B, L)

Day 8 Return flight to London Stansted. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
Hotel Dei Priori
Ryanair from Stansted

Date Price
October 16 £1495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for Sole Use supplement £195 

Accommodation Upgrades

Residenza d’Epoca San Crispino £195
Double room for sole use £295

Extension Options

Extension - Rome 
Casa per Ferie - 4 nights £495
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (limited availabilty)

Starhotels Michelangelo - 4 nights £795
Single supplement £395

Available on these dates only:
2019: Sep 4 & Oct 16

Extra nights – Assisi
Hotel Dei Priori (per night) - £65
(Jul £45)
Double room for sole use £35 (Jul £30)

Residenza d'Epoca San Crispino
(per night) – £85
Single supplement £45

Departure transfer (Perugia) £35

Independent Arrival

Save £175
Arrival transfer (Perugia) add £35
Departure transfer (Perugia) add £35

Price includes

Air travel and taxes, transfers, entrance fees, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of a guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes

An accommodation tax is payable locally currently €1.50 (Residenza d’Epoca San Crispino €2.00) per person per night.

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