• Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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Take a day trip to Assisi and Cortona and discover these charming hilltop towns alongside a guide. Departing from Florence, travel first to Assisi, where you’ll visit the Convent of Santa Chiara, the Basilica of San Francesco, and hear about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Pause for a peek inside Santa Maria degli Angeli church, believed to be a favorite spot of St. Francis. Then head to Cortona for some time to explore independently before returning to Florence.

Highlights

  • 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

Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

Enjoy your walking tour in Assisi

Your tour will begin outside Santa Maria Novella Train Station, where you’ll hop aboard your coach with your guide and head into the region of Umbria. Stop first in the beautiful town of Assisi, made famous by its ties to St. Francis. Now known as Italy's patron saint, Francis left the wealth of his family behind in the 13th century to preach on Assisi’s streets.

Follow your guide by foot to the Basilica of San Francesco, which hosts Giotto’s famous frescoes depicting St. Francis’ life. Continue on to the Convent of Santa Chiara, dedicated to St. Clare, one of Francis’ first followers in Assisi.

Hop aboard your coach and drive to the outskirts of town to see Santa Maria degli Angeli, a 9th-century church where it’s said St. Francis came to worship. Explore the interior with your guide before making your way back to your coach.

Head next to Cortona, the charming setting for the popular film and memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun. Take some time to purchase lunch or explore the Palazzo Comunale and Santa Margherita Sanctuary, built in honor of Cortona’s patron saint.

After reuniting with your guide, travel back to central Florence to conclude your tour.

Please note: the order of the visits to Assisi and Cortona are subject to change on the day of your tour.

Customer Reviews

Marie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Loved visiting both towns. Would love to live in Cortona. Need to be in decent physical shape to walk up the hill into the town of Cortona. Once there, it is a true Italian village. Shops for food, wine, essentials, gifts, etc. Cafes and restaurants. Not very touristy. Where you can experience the culture and it's people. Loved it. Assisi was another great little town. Lots of tourists. The Basilica is beautiful. A must see. Our guide was great. Spoke a few languages. Very good English. Was very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. Great trip for the money.

Wes P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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Paula T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Beautiful cities, knowledgeable guide. This is a well-planned and enjoyable trip.

Chris C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Essential visit. Both towns, Assisi and Cortona were breathtaking as were the churches/monasteries visited. The tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

Deanna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This trip was well-organized, and the guide in Assisi was interesting and led a good tour. I only wish we had had more time in Cortona, but realize there is only so much that can be done in a single day. I would to the trip again.

sarah.f.burk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fabulous...the guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. I would strongly recommend this tour.

Stephen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing Scenery and great history with both Assisi and Cortona. Really enjoyed our stay in both

Joseph M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful, amazing trip, would do it again.

Jonathan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Bus was comfortable and pace through Cortona the lake and Assisi were all good. Guides were helpful, particularly Warner in Assisi, who has a deep understanding of the history and its theological implications, which made the history relevant. A very good day.

Francine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Ce voyage fut une très belle experience. Cortona est une jolie petite ville moyenageuse. Nous avons eu 1h15 pour visiter. Puis ce fut Assise. Msgnifique! La cathédrale St-François est pleine de fresques peintes par Giotto. Elles racontent la vie de grand saint. Notre guide Brando et notre chauffeur Giancarlo nous ont offert un service 5 etoiles. Compétents et gentils. Seul accroc un groupe de 8 touristes qui ne savaient pas vivre et qui ne passaient leur à tout critiquer. Brando a su bien contrôler la situation.

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