Assisi & Orvieto Reviews
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The hotel pickup is such a wonderful way to start this incredible tour. We arrived in Orvieto very early so the light was perfect, bending into the charming streets as the shopkeepers swept their storefronts. This Cathedral is jaw-droppingly unique with its two colored stone. You can buy lovely ceramics here and also excellent bronze replicas of Etruscan artifacts at local shops. At Assisi we took a nice walk through the city and I was blown away by what is certainly one of the most amazing man-made structures on Earth. The pale pink and plain Basilica celebrating St. Francis was very moving for me. I was agog at the size and color of Giotto's murals inside and the veritable feast for the eyes. The crypt and the adjoining Chapels below the Basilica are intensely spiritual for many to reflect on a life of selflessness and good works. Our accompanying Guide and the local Guide at Assisi were both so pleasant and accommodating. Our driver delivered us safely near our hotels. It was a beautiful experience.
This was one of the highlights of our trip! The drive through the countryside was absolutely beautiful: the sunflowers and the medieval towns nestled on the hillsides. Orvieto was enchanting as well, and Assisi was so lovely. It was a very hot day, and one family did not show up at the meeting point at the day's end. We waited for them in the heat for quite a while. They were on the bus. If the tour guide and bus driver communicated by cell, this delay could have been avoided.
I love these two towns. I didn't really know much about either, but definitely want to go back and stay at either one. Orvieto was beautiful, although we didn't have enough time there. The church is worth the visit, and the town looked amazing. Assisi was delightful, but again there was no time to go off the path of the tour. Our tour guide in Assisi was knowledgeable. Be sure to seek out the bathrooms; the guides don't allow much time on your own, and bathrooms are few and far between. This is a silly but important point. Both towns were absolutely beautiful. The lunch stop was fun for souvenir shopping; however, lunch was just adequate. We were in a nice size group, only 18 people. I recommend this.
We loved this tour! It was one of the highlights of our trip. The lunch was great. Orvieto was a special town and an unexpected surprise. Our only minor complaint is that we wish we had time at the top of the hill in Assisi to shop as there were so many shops there, and we only had time to shop at the bottom of the hill. There was not as much down there where we had to meet the bus and the tour guide.
Our guide on the bus was very good in both English and Spanish. She also conducted our Orvieto tour very competently and Orvieto was lovely but we spent too little time there as we had to leave for lunch. Lunch took way too long with a significant drive out of the way to get there and slow service which really cut into the time for the towns. Would have prefered lunch on our own in Orvieto or even an option for a box lunch on the bus. Assisi was excellent with great tour guide, Marcella, but we had to walk very fast to cover the territory due to long lunch..
The trip was very nice. It was a chance to visit an Italian life outside of a big city. Our guide was very nice as well as knew lots of history and information in general. The bus was 'the smaller tourist bus' once there were only 11 tourist for this full-day trip. My only negative comment is that I felt little rushed in our both city stops. I wish we could have had an an extra free hour in both places. We only had about 45 min. free time in Orvieto, and only 30 min. in Assisi. Otherwise very happy with the trip.
Visit to Orvieto was very brief, more time should have been given. We had less than an hour to visit the basilica (which was still closed when we arrived) and walk around the town. Enjoyed our visit to Assisi.
Assisi & Orvieto are worth the trip. However, there was not enough time in either town. If the lengthy lunch stop was eliminated and the guides and bus driver showed up on time, more time could be spent exploring these beautiful towns.
Review by Anonymous, April 2010
Doing what: Assisi and Orvieto Day Trip from Rome
This was a very pleasant day seeing the glorious Italian country side and beautiful towns & villages and release from the bustle of Rome. Orvieto was a delight. Of course we would have loved more time there but such is the nature of these tours, time is of the essence. Assisi was beautiful and all and more than I expected. Again, our time seemed very limited and there was so much to see and take in. Lunch was a pleasant surprise and we all enjoyed the 3 course tasty meal. Our guide was OK but often difficult to understand.
We were picked up from our hotel at 7.15 and taken to a central point. The tour left Rome in a timely manner and we headed straight to Orvieto. You have to catch a funicular to reach the old town. It started to rain just as we reached Orvieto, then the rain turned into big fat snow flakes. We only had 50 minutes in Orvieto. The outside of the church is lovely, not much inside. Too wet and unappealing to even have a little look around. Would have liked more time in Orvieto. We continued through the countryside, stopping for a taste of local products which we could buy and lunch which I found okay. We arrived at Assisi to be bombarded by a hail storm followed by snow. Enjoyed our walking tour of Assisi very much. I have been to Assisi previously for a few hours 3 years ago. The local guide was very informative. They had 4 extra umbrellas on the bus. We arrived back in Rome around 7.30. They dropped everyone off near to their hotel, a nice touch after a long day.
Took the day trip to Orvieto and Assisi from Rome. I was very satisfied. They picked us up from the hotel on time, transported us to the office in Rome where we got on another bus and headed to Orvieto as our first stop. Orvieto is a lovely town up in the Umbrian hills. I wish we could have spent more time there. Our next stop was for lunch at a restaurant that also gave us some food samples and wine. The lunch was very good, the people at the restaurant were warm and welcoming. We continued onto Assisi and it was a wonderful experience to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, and walk the winding narrow streets of this old town. We also visited the Church of St. Clare and a third church where St. Francis actually built a chapel, and this magnificent cathedral was built around it. The guide who was with us all day was a lovely man who pointed out different sights along the way. The local guide in Assisi was extremely nice as well and I am glad that I had the opportunity to visit these two very special places in Italy.
The guide and bus driver were great! Very disappointed with the amount of time spent in Orvieto (1 hr - had to choose between visiting cathedral, seeing town and having capuchino) and especially Assisi (1/2 hour free time). We felt very rushed. Would encourage Viator to dump the visit to local vendor and lunch (waste of precious time -1 1/2 hour) and let us get our own lunch so we could spend more time in each of these lovely cities. Enjoyed meeting the other people who took the tour.
Our destinations were good choices...except we only got to spend 40 mintues in Orvieto...and we really needed more time.
However, our guide, William, had little to say, did not share history or information along the road...and he had terrible breath.
In Assisi, we were blessed with a good local guide, who not only showed us the sights but shared history with us and was very detailed. She was great. We loved Assisi...
We made another stop, again with William, and I could not tell you the name of the town, nor the name of the church we saw. He was a dud.
Overall, our Assisi local guide saved the day for us.
And our bus driver seemed competent but used his cell phone several times while driving and that was scary.
I liked our tour guide; he was mutli-lingual. But I thought more could have been said about our stop in Orvieto. We were basically on our own to look at the town. The lunch stop was excellent. I did not like the local guide in Assisi, very arrogant and didn't say much. It was, however, interesting to visit and very pictoresque. The bus driver dropped me off a different hotel in Rome and said 'you need to walk down this street.' I thought they could have at least asked where I would like to be dropped of if they were not able to drop me off at my hotel.
Review by Anonymous, June 2010
Doing what: Assisi and Orvieto Day Trip from Rome
Trip was 12 hours not 10 as advertised. Guide gave little information on the way to Orvieto and we were not allowed to stop for any photo oportunities. A guided tour and information about Orvieto would have made this stop much more worthwhile. Lovely town but no info!! The Assisi guide was excellent, sorry we din't have her in Orvieto. Wine tasting was over rated, again, no info on the winery or the wine, had one small taste of wine. It was a nice ride long but nice but more information on the area was needed. The trip was advertised as English speaking guide and he was and was good but he also had to translate into 2 other languages and non English speakers were rude. It should have been in English only and others should have known that.