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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

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a fantastic trip, lunch was excellent, the only hiccup was not enough time allowed to visit the sites

Tom A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent guide in Assisi and a nice lunch


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was a disappointment, she couldn't speak or understand much English and didn't seem interested in the group. The trip to Orvieto was a beautiful ride on the comfortable bus. Orvieto is awesome!!! We only got 1 hour free time to look around, I wish we could have skipped lunch as a group later in the day and do lunch on our own so we could have had more time in each place. Lunch was only average anyway. We had some ladies that were late getting back to the bus so they held the bus and made us late to Assisi so we only got 10 minutes free time there. Again, they should have made lunch shorter, it was about 2 wasted hours and way out of our way. The tour itself I would give 2 stars, do it with a different company it was Eco tours or do it on your own, the 2 towns I give 5 stars. I felt cheated we didn't get much free time to see either place.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A great day out of Rome.

Gabriel P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

As always Viator come through, we booked three tickets to go to Orvieto and Assisi this was going to be our second time in both cities, but we took our granddaughter on this trip. The the local tour operator that Viator choose as always were excellent. We were pick up at the hotel on time, left from the travel agency on time the tour guide was very good. In Orvieto he gave us a good explanation of the sites and gave us plenty of free time, on our way to Assisi we stopped for a great lunch included with the tour in the Umbria region. When we got to Assisi we picked up another tour guide from the area which he gave us an excellent walking tour of the city. It was long tiring tour that lasted for 12 hours but worth every minute. Excellent tour.

Nancy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Sylvia was wonderful. Beautiful countryside, churches and towns


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour guide and overall tour. The morning started foggy but cleared up nicely to take in all the amazing sites.

Krishan S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely wonderful day. The guide Mara took great care of the group. Lunch was quite tasty. Only negative was no free time at all in Assisi, I had to basically leave the group at times to take photos - maybe reduce the time at the third place and allow more free time in Assisi? The fellow travellors on this tour was the best out of all the trips I did in Italy - really nice group of people.

Ian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome in all respects - bus a little uncomfortable but the aches were worth it with Orvieto and Assisi two of the most wonderful places in Italy. Stunning from start to finish with an excellent guide who took the time to share his knowledge and to help create a Oedipal day for all.

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