Perugia, Campobasso, Isernia, Caserta
Arrival in the city of Perugia: the splendid capital of Umbria, with its narrow, medieval streets, breathtaking views and many delicious specialties to enjoy. It has much tor visitors to enjoy: Piazza IV Novembre with its famous Fontana Maggiore, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, home to the National Gallery of Umbria.A day devoted entirely to art and culture.Transfer to hotel and overnight.
Assisi is the city that symbolises peace and is identified with one of the most beloved and worshiped saints in the world: St Francis. A delightful medieval town full of characteristic comers and culinary delights, visiting the town leads to the discovery of many places associated wìth St Francis himself.There’s the Cathedral of St Rufino (XII century) patron of the city, the Basilica of Santa Chiara (13th century) and the Chiesa Nuova, builtin1615onthe site of the Saint’s father’s home and of course the Basilica of Saint Francis.The complex, built over 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, head for Isernia, in the Molise region. The narrow streets of the town are home to places and workshops that safeguard the precious knowledge of ancient skills still widely practiced here. Isernia’s artisans are highly valued and there are people who embroider; carpenters who work with ebony and others that make items in inlaid wood. Guided city tour.Transfer to the hotel and overnight.
A day all about nature.Visit the MAB Collemeluccio – Montedimezzo Nature Reserve, protected natural areas under the UNESCO umbrella in its mission 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 temple 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 close to inhabited centres that once served as a 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: Monforte Castle, its 14th-century Cathedral,the 16th-century church of Sant’Antonio Abate and the Romanesque Churches of San Giorgio and of San Bartolomeo.Guided city tour.
Transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Departure to the majestic Royal Palace of Caserta, one of the region’s 5 UNESCO sites. The palace was commissioned by Charles DI, King of Naples, who wanted to fulfilhis desire to have a palace even more sumptuous than Versailles. He succeeded! This opulent palace showcases the perfect and authentic fusion of two Royal palaces: Versailles, home to the Kings of France and the Escorial Palace in Madrid, home to the Kings of Spain.
The Palace, with its 1200 rooms, was completed in1845. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Check out and return to starting point.