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Assisi: Ape Calessino Panoramic Vintage Tour

1. Assisi: Ape Calessino Panoramic Vintage Tour

Assisi, the birthplace of San Francesco, stands atop of a hill, overlooking a valley covered by vineyards. Enjoy a panoramic guided tour along the winding streets aboard an Ape Calessino, following in San Francesco and Santa Chiara’s footsteps, to discover the historical and artistic treasures of this medieval town. The tour departs from the historical town center or you can enjoy a free pick-up from your hotel aboard a vintage Ape Calessino. The driver will show you St Clare Basilica from the outside and inside, the roman and medieval main square "Piazza del Comune", San Rufino cathedral, medieval Rocca Maggiore with a superb view overlooking the valley and the majestic Saint Francis Basilica.  Also enjoy a free visit of the interior of Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi where you’ll admire Giotto’s frescoes of the life of San Francesco as you learn about the history of this important spiritual center. English Headsets are included.

Assisi: Walking Tour with Basilica of Saint Francis Ticket

2. Assisi: Walking Tour with Basilica of Saint Francis Ticket

Explore the rich culture and history of Assisi, the birthplace of one of Italy's most famous patron saints, Saint Francis, on a guided walking tour. Along your way, marvel at long-standing Roman ruins and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi up close. Walk through the town's oldest quarters, marveling at the ruins of the Roman amphitheater that still stand strong today. These ruins are perfectly integrated between the medieval houses that are still inhabited by locals today. Then, admire the city from a different vantage point from the medieval Rocca Maggiore. Afterwards, stroll through the town to visit the Cathedral of San Rufino. Here, learn about Saint Francis' baptismal in the cathedral and take your time walking under its impressive and historic arches. Next, see the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Piazza del Comune, which is the main square of the city. Here you can admire the Temple of Minerva, one of the best preserved Roman temples in Italy, surrounded by some impressive medieval government buildings. Finally, walk through the splendid Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi with your guide. Perched atop a hill overlooking the surrounding landscape, the basilica's many archways, open squares, and stunning 13th and 14th-century frescoes will stay imprinted in your mind.

Assisi 3-Hour Small Group Tour & St. Francis Basilica Visit

3. Assisi 3-Hour Small Group Tour & St. Francis Basilica Visit

Explore Assisi on a 3-hour walking tour with a guide who will tell you about the history, art, and local traditions of one of the most famous hill towns of Italy. Meet your guide and head to the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater, which was later put to use in the Middle Ages as a quarry for stone to build local houses. See how the amphitheater later was turned into a private neighborhood. From this vantage point, the view of the Rocca Maggiore medieval castle is one of the best in the city. Continuing along narrow alleys and through medieval squares you’ll reach the Cathedral of Saint Rufino Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Claire, and Piazza del Comune, the main city square. At the square you’ll see the Minerva temple, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy. It is surrounded by imposing medieval government buildings. The tour then continues on to the Saint Francis Basilica, which is well known for its 13th and 14th-century frescoes created by Italian masters of the time, including Giotto.

From Florence: Private Day Trip to Assisi and Cortona

4. From Florence: Private Day Trip to Assisi and Cortona

Discover the picturesque towns of Assisi and Cortona on this relaxing day trip from Florence. Explore Assisi's many churches, medieval castles, and the Roman amphitheater, and then wander through Cortona's famous Piazza Garibaldi. Meet your driver outside your Florence hotel and enjoy the stunning views as you drive through the countryside from Tuscany to Umbria. In Assisi, enjoy a stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop to admire the ancient Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi and the Santa Maria Maggiore. After seeing all that Assisi has to offer, enjoy a relaxing lunch in town before rejoining your driver and heading to Cortona. This hilltop town is rich in Etruscan relics, medieval buildings, and Renaissance works. See parts of the original Etruscan wall, explore where Hannibal's army ambushed the Romans, and visit the Piazza Garibaldi. After sightseeing, enjoy a glass of wine with breathtaking views of Lake Trasimeno. When you're ready, let your driver know and return to Florence.

Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

5. Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

You will start your visit from the lower floor by entering the tomb of Saint Francis and then you will keep exploring the church in the altar area where the frescoes about the life of Jesus are located. See the friary cloister. The upper church at the end will make you know the life of Saint Francis through the famous cycle of paintings decorating the church’s side walls. The Basilica of Saint Francis is a bilevel 13th century building which preserves the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved saints in the world. This grandiose gorgeously embellished church also preserves frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and other well-known medieval painters of Italy. Indeed, it is one of the most focal points of both art and spirituality. This church is a powerful place for believers and art lovers alike.

Assisi & Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

6. Assisi & Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

Escape Italy's busy capital for one day on this trip to Assisi and the Umbrian hill town Orvieto. On this tour, you will unveil the religious architecture of Umbria (such as the famous Cathedral of Orvieto) and discover the wines and local products of Tuscany. Leaving Rome in a northerly direction and driving along the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto as your first stop, a small town of Etruscan origins where you will stop to admire the magnificent 14th century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. The tour continues through the green Tuscan Hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. This is the land of some of Italy’s best known D.O.C. (quality controlled) wines, which include Orvieto, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcin. You will then have a further stop, where you will taste some local wines and other typical Umbrian and Tuscan products. Afterwards, enjoy lunch, consisting of traditional local dishes. In the early afternoon you will continue your journey and drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno. Finally, reach Assisi, which is located at the foot of Mount Subasio. Assisi is famous for being St. Francis' birthplace. You will see the Church of St. Claire*, St Francis’ birthplace and his childhood home, the Townhall Square. Around the Townhall Square, you will see the People’s Palace and the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva. One highlight of the tour will be the visit of St Francis’ Basilica, located close to the ancient city walls, with its magnificent frescoes painted between the 12th and 14th centuries. Leaving Assisi, stop at the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis died in 1226. You will reach Rome around 19:30/20:00, where you will be dropped-off in the vicinity of your hotel.

From Rome: Full-Day Assisi & Orvieto Semiprivate Tour

7. From Rome: Full-Day Assisi & Orvieto Semiprivate Tour

Enjoy a day away from the bustle of Rome on a full-day tour of Umbria, one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. Rich in vineyards, olive groves and the hillside villages, the most famous site in the region is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Assisi. Upon arrival in this mystical place of St. Francis, walk inside the ancient walls. Built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio, the colorful houses of ink stone, narrow streets, flowered balconies and ornate palaces will offer great views. A highlight of your time in Assisi will be a visit to the Basilica of San Francesco to see the Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. After lunch, continue to Orvieto to admire the magnificence of the cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with glittering facade windows, mosaics and sculptures. Enjoy the charm of Orvieto, and admire the many churches scattered around its historic center. Return to Rome for a hotel back in the early evening.

Assisi: Panoramic and Sanctuaries by Tuk-Tuk

8. Assisi: Panoramic and Sanctuaries by Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy a panoramic tour along the winding streets and colorful surroundings aboard an Ape Calessino tuk-tuk, following San Francesco and Santa Chiara’s footsteps. Discover the historical and artistic treasures of this medieval town, the birthplace of San Francesco, which stands on a top of a hill, overlooking a valley covered by vineyards, fields and olive oil trees. The tour departs from the historical town center or you can enjoy a free pick-up from your hotel aboard a vintage Ape Calessino. You will admire the St. Clare Basilica from the outside, the roman and medieval main square Piazza del Comune, the San Rufino cathedral, the medieval Rocca Maggiore with the superb view that overlooks the valley and the majestic Saint Francis Basilica. The tour will proceed to Santa Maria Degli Angeli, la Portiuncola, then to Rivotorto and St. Damien.

Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

9. Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

The mystic town of Saint Francis, surrounded by its ancient walls, was built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio and with its colorful houses of stone, narrow streets, flowering balconies and noble palaces provide beautiful views for memorable pictures (do not forget your camera). An interesting visit to St. Francis Basilica, with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Then the tour continues to Orvieto, where you can admire a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures. Soak up Orvieto’s charm and admire the countless churches that are scattered around its center. Back to Rome, drop off at your hotel.

Assisi: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

10. Assisi: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

After meeting your guide at 10:30 AM, you will visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, which is world-famous for its 13th-14th century frescoes by the best painters of Italy at that time. Among those, the most famous is Giotto. From there, you will head to the main city square, Piazza del Comune. At the square, you will see one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy — Minerva's temple — which is surrounded by imposing medieval government buildings.  You will then head down to the old Roman ruins of the local amphitheater, which was reused in the Middle Ages as a quarry for stones to build local houses. You will see how the amphitheater was turned into a private neighborhood. From there, the view toward the Rocca Maggiore medieval castle is one of the best in the city. Through narrow alleys and medieval squares you will reach Saint Rufino’s Cathedral and Saint Claire's Basilica.  After free time for lunch, in the afternoon you will explore Sanctuaries and Franciscan Sites outside Assisi by driver and guide.  Your tour will start with the visit of Eremo Delle Carceri. “Carceri” is a metaphoric name given to this place which is nowadays an impressive old Franciscan friary built in the 15th C. on the mountain slopes. It incorporates the grottoes that were used by Saint Francis as a retreat. From there, you will also enjoy one of the most stunning views over the Umbrian Valley below.  After the hermitage you will be taken to the sanctuary of Saint Damiano, which is the place of Saint Francis' vocation. It is here, that the vision of the crucifix advising Francis to fix his church is said to have taken place. It was the starting point of Francis' new experience as a friar in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.  The last part of your tour will take you to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, which protects the tiny Porziuncola under its gigantic dome. This is the very small chapel where Francis and his first companions founded the Franciscan community, and also the place where Saint Francis passed away. 

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What people are saying about Assisi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 60 reviews

A fabulous and memorable day, made possible by the polite, informative and professional team from Bravo tours; Gianluca, the charming & distinguished driver, Paola, the warm & friendly guide and the passionate, vivacious Marika. We were collected from our hotel in Rome and given fascinating insights of the towns and scenery along the way. We stopped off enroute for a perfect coffee and taste of the local speciality, Ciauscolo (Salami Spread) The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli was our first jaw-dropping, eye-popping stop. Marika joined us in Assisi with her in-depth, heartfelt knowledge of the history of St Clare and St Francis. Walking us through the narrow streets, keeping us totally engaged. The Basilica of Orvieto, took our breath away with it sheer size, gothic architecture and overwhelming beauty. My 83 year old mothers dream was to go to Assisi and today her dream became a reality that far exceeded her expectations, grateful to the amazing team. THANK YOU!

It was an amazing day!! The team formed by the driver Roberto, the friendly guide Paola, the local guide Sandra and especially Claudio, our Portuguese translator with his patience and attention to us. All very competent. Everything was very organized and punctual, from the hotel pickup to the “technical” stops during the trip. The visits to the churches were made in a very well-prepared itinerary, alternating walks through the little streets of Assisi and lunch. The church of Orvieto is simply wonderful!!! The information we received from the team was useful and very interesting.

We had a really knowledgeable and pleasant guide, so you got a lot of knowledge and there was room and time to ask questions when the group was not that big. Definitely something to recommend…

Alessandra the tour guide was excellent and clearly passionate about the subjext.

Guide was so helpful and willing to assist all through the trip