Perugia, Campobasso, Isernia
Arrival in the city of Perugia: the Splendici Capitai of Umbria, with its narrow, medieval streets, breathtaking views and many delicious specialities to enjoy.
But there is much more to enjoy: Piazza IV Novembre with its famous Fontana Maggiore, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the massive Palazzo dei Priori, home to the National Gallery of Umbria. A day devoted entirely to art and culture. Transfer to hotel and overnight.
In Assisi you can breathe peace. It is identified with one of the most beloved and worshiped saints in the world: St. Francis. A delightful medieval town full of characteristic corners and culinary delights, visiting the town leads to the discovery of many places associated with St. Francis himself. There is the Cathedral of St. Rufino (XII century) patron of the city, the Basilica of Santa Chiara (13th century) and the Chiesa Nuova, built in 1615 on the site of the Saint’s father’s home and of course the Basilica of Saint Francis. The complex, built above the Saint’s tomb, represents the heart of Franciscan spirituality and is an architectural masterpiece that captures the best of medieval Italian art. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to Isernia, in the Molise region. The narrow streets of the town host places and workshops that safeguard the precious knowledge of ancient skills still widely practiced here. Isernia artisans are highly valued and there are people who embroider, carpenters who work with ebony and others that make items in inlaid wood. Guided tour of the city. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.
A day all about nature. Visit the MAB Collemeluccio – Montedimezzo Nature Reserve, protected natural areas under the UNESCO recognition. The mission is to maintain the balance between man and the biosphere. Visit Pietrabbondante, a characteristic small hamlet dose to the “morge” giant stones that emerge from the slopes of Mount Caraceno.
Also in Pietrabbondante, visit the magnificent archaeological site of the “Samnite Theatre” a semi-circular structure perfectly placed directly beneath the site’s most important tempie and equipped with “ergonomic” seats, with decorative winged griffons marking the end of each row. There are also grassy livestock trails that pass through here, crossing through valleys and mountainous plains, often dose to inhabited centres that once served as supply and trading posts, and link Apulia and Abruzzo by way of Molise. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Campobasso is a city with more than a few surprises: Manforte Casti e, its 14th-century Cathedral, the 16th-century church of Sant’Antonio Abate and the Romanesque Churches of San Giorgio and of San Bartolomeo. Guided tour of the city.
Transfer to the airport and coming back home.