- Day trip to the hilltop towns of Assisi and Cortona from Florence
- Learn about St Francis of Assisi and St Clare, who both lived in Assisi
- Visit the Basilica of San Francesco and Convent of Santa Chiara on a guided walking tour of Assisi
- Stop for a look inside the 9th-century church at Santa Maria degli Angeli
- Enjoy an afternoon of free time in the Tuscan town of Cortona, setting of Under the Tuscan Sun
- Sightsee around Cortona independently and look out for sights such as Palazzo Communale
What You Can Expect
Follow in St Francis’ footsteps on a walking tour of the town and visit the Basilica of San Francesco with its famous Giotto frescoes. Gaze in wonder at the artwork and learn about their medieval depictions of St Francis’ life in Assisi. The town was also the home of St Clare, who became one of St Francis’ first true followers. Visit the Convent of Santa Chiara dedicated to her, and then make your way back to your coach to leave Assisi.
On the town’s outskirts lies Santa Maria degli Angeli, home to a beautiful 9th-century church that’s believed to be the place of worship once favored by St Francis. Take some time to wander around the aisles with your tour leader, and then continue back into Tuscany.
In the early afternoon, stop in the hilltop town of Cortona, famous as the setting of Under the Tuscan Sun, a 2003 movie based on a memoir of the same title. Use your free time in Cortona to find a restaurant for lunch (own expense), or perhaps sightsee independently. Landmarks to look out for include the imposing Palazzo Comunale and Santa Margherita Sanctuary, a place of worship that was built to celebrate Cortona’s patron saint.
Meet your tour leader at the prearranged time, and then travel back through the Tuscan hills to central Florence where your tour finishes.
Please note: the order of the visits to Assisi and Cortona are subject to change on the day of your tour.
Awesome! Everything We expected and our local guide was passionate about the history of Assisi. Enough free time if you don't eat at a sit down restaurant. The little church inside the larger church was amazing. We bought some wine to take home from a local shop and the shop owner invited us to her home for dinner. Cortona was also very pleasant. Go to the jewelry store that the guide offers as a suggestion. The history of the building was amazing.
Loved the day
The weather was perfect. The ride through Tuscany was beautiful. Cortona is a lovely old town and Assisi is just beautiful. There were no crowds. Our guide on the bus was informative and good-humored. Our guide in Assisi also knew his stuff and made it very interesting. This was a day well spent.
I have been to Assisi twice before but this trip showed me much more than other trips.
I do have trouble walking and it should be made clear that both of these places are at the top of high hills with cobble stone roads on the way up. It is worth the climb but it is easier if you know before hand about the climb.
The trip to Assisi and Cortona was really full of history. Our guide in Assisi provided so much detail as we toured the churches and walked along the quaint streets. Our stop in Cortona was free time to either visit a local business that makes women's shoes and jewelry or there were museums to see.
Absolutely fantastic! There were only six of us that day so it was very relaxed and the guide could pay attention to all of us. One thing though, the meeting place described on the confirmation was very confusing. We ended up waiting outside Santa Maria Novella train station but actually the tour guide was across the street in front of Burger King. Maybe drop the whole "outside of Santa Maria Novella station" from the description of the meeting place and just say in front of Burger King.
Both locations worth seeing. Wish we had more time in Cortona.
This day trip is beautiful. Great tour guide. Nice bus and great history. Cortona was a nice surprise. Beautiful.
Great trip to two marvelous towns. Each had its own character and our guide was helpful in pointing out highlights.