Escape from the noise of Rome and go get relax on a day trip from Rome to explore the UNESCO-listed town of Assisi in Umbria region, learning about its patron, St Francis of Assisi, and then stop in Santa Maria degli Angeli to admire its 9th-century Basilica where the saint once worshiped. Then discover Cortona, the charming town in Southern Tuscany, the setting for the best-selling travel memoir,
Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes. When you are there, go visit the beautiful Santa Margherita Sanctuary, patron of the city, and the Girifalco Fortress. This journey runs through two most beautiful regions of Italy: Umbria and Tuscany so that you will fill your eyes with an amazing green hilly countryside dotted with olive grooves, vineyards and hilltop medieval villages! Between those astonishing locations Assisi and Cortona, you will stop at the Trasimeno lake for your lunch while admiring the spectacular view of the lake's circular basin.
A welcoming english speaking driver, will pick you up ay your centred hotel in Rome and start drive to North. While relaxing on a smooth confortable drive you will pass a beautiful contryside of the central Italy. A quick stop for coffee, then you keep on going until you reach your first destination: Assisi. you can make your plan and explore on your own. You may start admiring the massive Rocca Maggiore that sits at the tip top of Assisi. It’s a 14th-century castle that is the perfect starting place for sightseeing because everything is, quite literally, downhill from there. Keep wandering until you are at the jewel of Assisi’s crown: the Basilica of St. Francis, which is divided into the upper church and the lower church, and regardless of which one you’re in, you’re looking at incredible frescoes. After this, is suggested to visit the San Rufino Cathedral, and there you will see the fountain where both St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized. Arrange the meeting with your driver and go take a look St. Mary of the Angels, a 16th-century, domed church located about 2.5 miles down the hill from Assisi, near the train station. This Basilica is famous for housing the Porziuncola, a tiny stone structure considered the home of St. Francis and his followers.
After Assisi you proceed for you lunch at a stunning restaurant upfront the Lake Trasimeno. In the meantime you sample some local food you can enjoy a marvellous vistas of the natural basin. After that, you continue for your last stop at Cortona, where you can take a nice walk throught the narrow lanes and alleys winding up and down the slopes of the village and have a special encounter with history, great food, and high quality wine.You may wandering around seeking for you souvenir until you find the Medici fortress and just below the fortress you will admire a large church; the Santuario di Santa Margherita. Afterwards it is the time to go on board and head back to Rome. The excursion will end at your centrally-located hotel in Rome.