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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.


  • 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

GK Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Highly recommended.

Ana-Maria S Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Both towns incredibly beautiful. The Dome of Orvieto quite a discovery.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Orvieto and Assisi are beautiful and intriguing villages. Would have liked a little more time in both. Perhaps this could be organised by actually having lunch in Assisi itself rather than turning off to stop en route.

Mrs Kathleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A wonderful day tour, beautiful scenery and great guide. Orvieto and Assisi are beautiful and well worth a visit. I have since returned to both.

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very good, long drive through beautiful countryside. Guide was great

Edgar O. V Puerto Rico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tremenda experiencia, lugar hermoso . Ovieto y Perugina nos encanto tambien.

RoseMary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Informative and relaxing trip. Felt well taken care of by tour guide. Wonderful day!

Gayle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very nice lunch on the way, wished we could have stayed in Orvieto more than an hour, but there was a lot to see and go over in Assisi. On a whole the trip was very nice and would recommend it. The bus was a small bus that help approximately 20, and was very comfortable and our driver did a great job. Both of our guides were very informative and we enjoyed them as well.

Warren H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip is fabulous and our guide Christina went out of her way to make the tour a memorable one. The tour includes the Santa Maria Degli Angeli Basilica situated on the plain below Assisi which was really interesting as the small 13th Century church within the vast basilica is where Saint Clare and Saint Francis prayed together.a church within a church. St Francis also died in the Chapel of the Transito in the bassilica. The only disappointment in all three of the churches visited in Assisi is that photography is totally banned inside the churches. This is a ridiculous rule as we visited countless churches in Italy with the only restriction being no flash photography. It would also have been nice to have been be able to visit the picturesque early 14th Century Rocca Maggiore Castle perched on the hilltop above Assisi as tour option for those who were not that religious or on a pilgrimage to see the Saint Clare and Saint Francis Churches in Assisi.
Orvieto was also an interesting, pretty, medieval hilltop town with a magnificent Gothic church where photography is allowed inside the church. This day trip is a full 13 hour trip as you only arrive back in Rome at about 9pm but it's really worth it.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Superb day out. Great lunch. Our tour guide Sylvia and driver Luigi were fab!

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