- Full-day Cortona and Assisi trip from Siena with an expert local guide
- Spend time at leisure in the hilltop town of Cortona
- Follow in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi on a walking tour of Assisi
- Explore Basilica di San Francesco and admire Giotto’s beautiful medieval frescoes
- Visit Santa Maria degli Angeli Church, where St Francis realised his vocation
What You Can Expect
After your tour, relax with some free time in the town to do as you please. Perhaps find a piazza-side café for lunch (own expense) or stroll around the narrow lanes admiring the sun-bleached stone buildings. Meet back up with your guide at a pre-arranged time to leave Cortona by coach.
Continue your tour traveling south into Umbria to visit Assisi, an enchantingly beautiful hill town, best known for its links to St Francis – a wealthy merchant’s son who chose to embrace poverty and preach on the streets of the town.
Follow in St Francis’ footsteps on a walking tour around Assisi, ambling along winding streets and alleyways and ending up in the spectacular Basilica di San Francesco. See both the upper and lower basilicas -- one lavishly ornate and the other minimalistic and sober in line with St Francis’ teachings. The church is also famous for its Giotto frescoes, and your guide will point out these medieval depictions of St Francis’ life in the town. Finish your afternoon in Assisi with a visit to Santa Maria degli Angeli Church -- a little-known place where St Francis is said to have realized his vocation.
Return to your coach for the journey back through the picturesque Tuscan hills to Siena, where you'll arrive in the late afternoon.
I truly enjoyed this day. The guides were very good and I learned a lot. I had been ready for this, having read a little about both places, knowing some history and the layout of the towns. The connection from Siena worked well.
I was never advised that I would be the only person being picked up in Siena and that the tour originated in Florence. A wonderful young man picked me up in Siena and brought me to a meeting place outside town where I joined the rest of the group. That part was fine. The rest of the day went downhill. We got virtually no narrative between Siena and Cortona (maybe 5 minutes at the most, two times). We got to Cortona and were dropped at a church at the highest point. After a few minutes there we walked down a very steep hill with the "guide" (no narration) to the center of town where we were dropped again and told to meet in the center in 40 minutes. We were given no history or narrative. Prior to the tour we were never advised to wear good walking shoes or to be aware of the physical strain that the visit might entail. One older woman was having a tough time of it. Many women were wearing sandals. We were never told where we might find a public bathroom. Basically, we weren't told anything. On the road to Assisi again we had maybe 5 minutes of narrative at the most. In Assisi a local female guide joined us and she was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Even though this was supposed to be a tour in English, everything also had to be repeated in Spanish all day. That didn't matter much with our tour escort as he didn't say that much. However, for the guide in Assisi it was more of a challenge. I'm sure it cut back on the amount of information we received and it had to be far more difficult for her. On the way back, I was advised that the bus was going to drop off the group in Florence first, then me. I was told it wouldn't take any more time. That was an out and out lie and it caused huge problems for me upon my return to Siena. I later spoke with two others on the tour who were even more angry than I because they, too, were not told about this diversion to Florence on the return. Give this one a miss.