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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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.

Mathew J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the best part of our trip to Rome, Our Guide Christina as great and was very friendly. It was great to get out of the crowded city to the Umbria countryside. There was ample time to go around Assisi, but we wish we had some more time to stop by the great range of shops selling curios. If you are doing this as a religious person its really a heartwarming experience to see the burial place of St.Clare and St.Francis.

Our driver Marco was specially helpful helping us with our kids strollers.

Mike M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A long day but well worth it.

LEXY, ELAINE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I think Assisi is the most beautiful walled hill town around Rome. Orvieto was a surprise, a wonderful surprise. Visited before, stayed overnight but the town had a not lived in look because so many of the shops and dwellings were mere rubble. Now there is activity in every nook and corner and the views from the ramparts are still breath taking.

alepeco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Strongly recommend it.

Armando S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Nancy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We went just yesterday and we had the best if time. Our guide Cristina was warm, caring and knowledgeable and the driver Guiseppe was great. Orvieto is a beautiful medieval town worthy of a visit. Then we had lunch in Tuscany and the food was great. We went on to Assisi where we met another local guide Marixelle who was great and funny. Assisi is unforgettable. The tour goes and comes on time. The bus is comfortable and if's worth your money. Highly recommended.

Lumar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A full long day but a great way to see both cities and the time in each is perfect. We went in March and although it was warm and sunny in Rome it was quiet chilly as both cities are high up in the mountains. We were prepared with layers so not an issue, but something to remember as some of our people had only shorts and shirts. Made it not as enjoyable for them unfortunately. The views form both cities to the country side are just outstanding. The churches and streets are a site to behold. Delivers on what they promise.

Jean

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a great day!

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