Your day trip starts with pickup from your Rome hotel by private vehicle for the scenic drive out of the city and into Umbria, a region known for its hills and medieval villages like Orte and Deruta.
When you arrive in Assisi, a World Heritage site, follow your private guide on a walking tour of this tranquil town, listening to commentary about the local churches and other attractions that are connected to St Francis of Assisi, Italy’s patron saint, who was from here. See the site where it’s believed he was born and where he spent his early childhood, and visit the Church of Santa Chiara.
Soak up the charm of the Piazza del Commune, the town square dominated by Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, a 13th-century palace, and check out more landmarks like the Roman Temple of Minerva and Basilica di San Francesco, whose interior is decorated with frescoes that depict scenes from St Francis’ life.
Take a break to enjoy lunch (own expense), and then round out your tour with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, a pilgrimage site outside the city. You’ll view the Porziuncola chapel, which St Francis restored, and see the site where he died. Your tour then ends with the drive back to Rome for hotel drop-off.