Leaving Rome northbound, following the Tiber River, after an hour and a half ride, you will reach the medieval town of Assisi. This is where St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint and St. Clare were born, lived and died. In the year 2000 the town of Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and other Franciscan locations were designated as World heritage sites. During our day tour, you will visit the Basilica of St.Clare. The Saint, who escaped her father’s wish in order to follow Francis, was one of his first true followers. A few years after her death, and two years before she was canonized, a basilica was built and dedicated to her.
In this Gothic church, that is also her final resting place, you will enjoy beautiful 13th century frescoes and paintings, a marvellously-shaped cross, placed on the main altar, representing Jesus Christ with St. Clare and St. Francis at his feet, as well as many other works of art. You will then visit St. Francis Basilica. Built into the side of a hill, it is comprised of two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church and a crypt where the remains of the St. are interred. These churches are decorated with frescoes, considered among the greatest achievements of Italian art, painted by Cimabue, Giotto and Lorenzetti. You will then enjoy a typical Italian lunch in a local restaurant.
The second part of the trip will take you to the famous medieval hilltop town of Orvieto, founded by the Etruscans. It is situated on top of hill formed by concentrated volcanic ash. From this vintage point, you can enjoy an amazing view of the valley below. You will also have the opportunity of admiring the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with its glistening front façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures, and of seeing a few of the many churches in the town center. In late afternoon, you will then return to your point of departure in Rome.