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

Assisi and Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

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Trade the crowds of the Eternal City for the countryside of Umbria on this day trip from Rome to Assisi and Orvieto. With a guide, you’ll travel by coach first to Orvieto, a hilltop town known for its Gothic masterpiece, Orvieto Cathedral. Have lunch near Lake Trasimeno, and then visit the town of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the home of St Francis of Assisi. Finish with a stop in Santa Maria degli Angeli, where you’ll see the 9th-century basilica where St Francis once worshipped. 

Highlights

  • Day trip from Rome to Assisi and Orvieto
  • See the breathtakingly beautiful Orvieto Cathedral
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the shores of Lake Trasimeno
  • Spend your afternoon in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Assisi in Umbria
  • Explore Basilica di San Francesco and the Convent of Santa Chiara
  • Stop in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli to see a 9th-century basilica where St Francis of Assisi worshipped

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A charming escape from the crowds of Rome. Head into the Italian countryside to see the many churches of Orvieto and the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi.

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What You Can Expect

Assisi and Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

See the majestic Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi

Your day trip from Rome to Orvieto and Assisi starts as you leave the city by coach, heading north along the River Tiber toward the region of Umbria, a picturesque piece of central Italy that neighbors Tuscany. After an approximate 1.5-hour drive, arrive in Orvieto, a hill town that seems to rise dramatically out of the volcanic rock it’s perched on and is known for its long history dating back to the Etruscans.

Explore town on foot, enjoying the Italian charm and passing by many churches, particularly Orvieto Cathedral, a Gothic structure that dates back to the late 1200s and is noted for its stained glass, sculptures and mosaics.

Back on your coach, continue across the rolling landscapes toward Lake Trasimeno, where you’ll stop for lunch. Then head to Assisi, a World Heritage–listed town famed for being the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi, a patron saint of Italy and one of the most legendary figures in religious history.

Take a walking tour of town to see sites related to St Francis’ life, including the stall where he is thought to have been born, his former home and the place where he vowed to dedicate his life to the church. You’ll also learn about Assisi’s other hometown saint, St Clare, one of St Francis’ followers. Visit both the Convent of Santa Chiara, named for her, and the Basilica di San Francesco, dedicated to St Francis, plus see other Assisi sights like Piazza del Comune, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the town hall and the Roman Temple of Minerva.

Return to your coach to start the drive from Assisi to Rome, stopping on the way in Santa Maria degli Angeli to visit its 9th-century basilica where St Francis is said to have worshipped. Your day trip ends when you arrive back in Rome. 

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Customer Reviews

Jan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR TO ALL. IT WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED. CHRISTINA THE TOUR GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT LIKE AN ANGEL, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND PERFECT FOR THIS JOB. THE PLACES YOU GO TO ARE AMAZING. I WANT TO GO BACK TO ASSISI TO SPEND ABOUT 4 NIGHTS TO SEE THE TOWN....A MUST SEE..............

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Every aspect of this tour was terrific. Hotel pick-up was prompt and efficient. The tour guide was Christina and right from the start, I knew she would be great. Very personable and you could tell that she liked her job and liked her clients. She gave clear and interesting information about everything we were seeing as we were on the bus. She was concerned about anyone being lost or being unhappy about anything. Orvieto was exquisite and quite a surprise for me. Christine also make sure that we knew where the bathrooms were! Lunch was spectacular! I do not eat meat and they were very happy to prepare a salad for me. The tour of ASsisi with our local guide there was more than I expected. She was also an excellent tour guide and had a true love for Assisi and wanted our every question answered. I have taken many tours in many European cities in this one rankind right at the top because of the tour guides. It's the guides that make or break the trip. Couldn't be happier .......well spent time and money!

Romeo Gonzalez R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a very enjoyable tour out from Rome! Definitely a must and do allot time to do this tour when visiting Rome.

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Outstanding! Well-organized and the sites were spectacular. Our travel hosts were friendly, well-informed and attentive. If we had more time in Rome, we would have gone on more Viator trips.

Joseph A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Even you are not a Catholic, there are enough great arts and charming small rustic towns that make you feel good.

Catherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our tour guide, Stephan, made this trip exceptional! He was fantastic, making personal connections with each member of the group. He added many interesting facts and transmitted his love and excitement for the history of this area to us! His pacing was great and the sights were breathtaking!

Joan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a wonderful trip. Helene was terrific as a tour guide: informative, funny, and organized.

Ruchika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The guide was great, the locations were breathtaking. I would never have traveled to these places by myself. Would highly recommend.

MG B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Most inspiring to visit the life to St Francis. Second visit and will do it again.
The lunch place was poor and we spent to much time over lunch. The trip should go straight to Assisi and rather have lunch and relax at the destination

marco z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great place to visit

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