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Assisi & Orvieto

The jewels in the crown of Umbria are the small but perfectly formed walled hill towns of Assisi and Orvieto.

Forever entwined with the name of St Francis, Assisi is a place of pilgrimage for animal-lovers and Christians the world over. St Francis was born here in 1182, and his body lies in the crypt of his basilica. The church’s upper floors are lined with medieval frescoes attributed to Giotto.

Perhaps one of the best things to do is to take a wander through Assisi’s medieval heart to see the Roman ruins and hilltop fortress.

The highlight of any visit to hilltop Orvieto is its amazing Gothic cathedral. Oversized for such a small town, its facade glimmers with golden mosaics and statues. Inside, a famous fresco cycle by Luca Signorelli lines the walls.

While you’re here, take the opportunity to sample Orvieto’s famous white wines and make the most of those hilltop views.

Practical Info

Orvieto is around 75 minutes from Rome by train; catch a bus or the century-old funicular from the train station to reach its cliff-top perch. Assisi is best reached by bus from Rome, taking around three hours.

Once there, you can easily get around on foot.

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5-Day Best of Italy Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

See the best of Italy in five days on this must-do tour from Rome, and fall in love with Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice and Montepulciano – ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

From USD $749.25

10-Night Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Venice and Sorrento

Explore Italy on a 10-night tour from Rome, with hotel accommodation, transport, city tours and excursions included! With the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

From USD $1,826.83

Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Siena

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Visit Cortona and Assisi, two stunning hilltop towns, on a full-day trip from Siena! Explore the town of Cortona in the morning, sightseeing independently or ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.28

Assisi Day Trip from Rome

4 star rating: Recommended 546 Reviews

Travel from Rome to Assisi on a day trip and discover the delights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town where St Francis of Assisi — Italy’s patron saint — ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.31

Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover all that the green Umbria region and its eternal cities have to offer on this private day tour from Florence.

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.65

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