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Assisi - 7 nights

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SECRET ITALY

Stay in Assisi, exploring the hidden corners of central Italy on a wonderful new itinerary visiting Orvieto, Spoleto, Urbino and Ravenna

Of course each region of Italy has its own history and immense cultural heritage, each rivalling many individual countries. With so much focus by visitors on the most famous cities such as Florence and Venice, much remains relatively undiscovered and rewards quiet exploration.

We have chosen Assisi as a convenient and atmospheric base for expeditions both within Umbria and to Tuscany and Le Marche, coordinated and accompanied by a private art collector.

Visit lesser-known towns of remarkable history and art on day trips by private taxi with the opportunity to enjoy the fine local cuisine. Assisi itself is picturesquely situated on the slopes of Mount Subasio in beautiful Umbrian countryside, a tiny unspoilt Medieval gem of architectural and artistic beauty. Assisi's appearance has hardly changed since the Middle Ages and it retains the spiritual tranquillity of St. Francis who lived there some 800 years ago.

Discover the historical treasures of Orvieto, Urbino, Spoleto and Ravenna, once capital of the Byzantine ‘Western Empire’.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Hosted by Art Collector
Historic Hotels
Small Group Size: 4 - 18

 

Special Event

Art & Cuisine

An aperitif at the home of your tour host, also a private art collector; enjoy an Umbrian dinner with traditional dishes and local wines; a buffet supper, an Umbrian wine tasting with a local expert at the home of your tour host and a historic dinner served to medieval Popes.

 

Everything about it was perfect.

Janet Davie
Secret Italy

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Day 1 Depart from London Stansted to Perugia. Transfer to your chosen hotel in Assisi for seven nights. Evening visit to the Assisi home of your tour host who will accompany your daily trips. While enjoying an aperitif, he will describe his collection of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval art.

Day 2 Morning visit to Assisi, including the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, decorated with frescoes by 13th and 14th century masters Cimambue, Giotto, Lorenzetti and Martini. Drive to Mount Subasio visiting St. Francis' Hermitage. Continue over the mountain via a small mountain village to Spello. Return to Assisi to visit the Franciscan churches of St. Mary of the Angels, San Damiano and St. Clare. Umbrian dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 3 Drive to Spoleto visiting the 12th-century San Gregorio, Ponte della Torri, a bridge aqueduct, miracle of 13th-century engineering spanning a 255m ravine, the Cathedral with frescoes of the Life of the Virgin by Filippo Lippi, the Romanesque 12th-century Sant'Eufemia, Arch of Drusus and the centre with its Roman amphitheatre. Drive through the beautiful Valley of Valnerina to the spectacular Marmore Waterfall, the highest in Europe. (B)

Day 4 Travel to Ravenna for a tour, visiting the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, San Vitale, San Apollinare Nuovo and San Apollinare in Classe, all decorated with glorious 5th and 6th-century Byzantine mosaics. (B)

Day 5 Free day or explore Perugia and Lake Trasamino (bookable locally). A local expert presents a selection of Umbrian wines at your host's home with buffet supper. (B, D)

Day 6 A scenic journey to Urbino for a tour of the Oratories of St. John the Baptist with frescoes by Salembeni and St. Joseph for its Christmas crib. Visit the magnificent Renaissance Ducale Palace with its exceptional collection of pictures including the 'Ideal City', the 'Flagellation' and 'Senigallia Madonna' by Piero della Francesca, and the beautiful portrait 'La Muta' by Raphael. (B)

Day 7 Scenic drive to Orvieto for a tour of the city and Cathedral, a jewel of medieval architecture and art, including Signorelli's frescoes of the Last Judgement. Return via Montecastello di Vibo, a mountain village with spectacular views and containing the world's smallest theatre. Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner in Assisi of dishes and wines served to medieval Popes, the authentic recipes taken from the Vatican archives. (B, D)

Day 8 Return flight to London Stansted. (B)

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

Day 1 Depart London Stansted to Perugia. Stay seven nights at your chosen hotel in Assisi. Aperitif at the Assisi home of your tour host who will describe his collection of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval art.

Day 2 Tour of Assisi’s St. Francis’ Basilica decorated with frescoes by the greatest 14th century Masters. Drive to Mount Subasio visiting St. Francis’ Hermitage and to the medieval mountain village of Spello. Return to Assisi to visit other Franciscan churches. Umbrian dinner. (B, D)

Day 3 Free day to watch the spectacular celebrations of the Feast of St Francis, Patron Saint of Italy.  Your host will accompany you to the morning procession of colourful banners from the Piazza through the streets to the Basilica of St Francis for the Solemn Mass and, in the afternoon, to the outdoor procession of the Relic of St Francis culminating with the Cardinal ascending to a cupola on the roof of the Basilica to impart the blessing with the Relic to Italy and the pilgrims assembled below. A local expert presents a selection of Umbrian wines at your host's home with buffet supper. (B, D)

Day 4 Drive to Spoleto visiting the 12th-century San Gregorio, Ponte della Torri, a bridge aqueduct, miracle of 13th-century engineering spanning a 255m ravine, the Cathedral with frescoes of the Life of the Virgin by Filippo Lippi, the Romanesque 12th-century Sant'Eufemia, Arch of Drusus and the centre with its Roman amphitheatre. Drive through the beautiful Valley of Valnerina to the spectacular Marmore Waterfall, the highest in Europe. (B)

Day 5  Travel to Ravenna for a tour, visiting the Mausoleum of Galla Placida, San Vitale, San Apollinare Nuova and San Apollinare in Classe, all decorated with glorious 5th and 6th century Byzantine mosaics.  (B)

Day 6 A scenic journey to Urbino to visit the Oratories of St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph and, the magnificent Renaissance Ducale Palace. (B)

Day 7 Scenic drive to Orvieto for a tour of the city and Cathedral, a jewel of medieval architecture and art, including Signorelli's frescoes of the Last Judgement. Return via Montecastello di Vibo, a mountain village with spectacular views and containing the world's smallest theatre. Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner in Assisi of dishes and wines served to medieval Popes, the authentic recipes taken from the Vatican archives. (B, D)

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
August 21 £1495
September 18 £1545
October 2 £1495
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 
(small single rooms at Hotel Dei Priori)

Limited availability, on these dates:
Jun 26, Aug 21

Double room for sole use:
£195

Accommodation Upgrades

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

Extension Options

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

Starhotels Michelangelo -  £795
(Jul £595)
Single supplement £395
(Jul £245)


Available on these dates only
2019: May 29 & Oct 2

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, 3 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, tipping, any government or local tourist 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.

St Francis Festival Departure - 2nd October 2019.

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