Umbria has been for centuries a witness of the transit of proud populations of warriors, knights, artists and saints. The echoes of its glorious past are clearly present within the historic walls of towns such as Todi, Gubbio, Narni, Amelia, Assisi, Perugia (established by local valorous people), or Orvieto (a noble Etruscan city-state), or all along the ancient Roman via Flaminia. Nevertheless, the Middle Ages are the unique protagonist of the landscape of Umbria, with its fortified towns, its castles and abbeys. Umbria is a “green region”, it boasts a lot of protected areas (Tiber River Park, the Park of Lake Trasimeno, Monti Sibillini National Park, Monte Cucco Park, Monte Subasio Park) and three Unesco sites. Assisi, the Basilica di San Francesco and the other Franciscan sites (2000) represent the cutting-edge of the Italian artistic genius surrounded by an extraordinary natural scenery which is able to recall a strong spirituality. The basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto (PG) and the Temple of Clitumnus in Campello (PG), are two excellent examples of the Longobardic art, within the circuit “Longobards in Italy: places of the power”. And once again, nature has contributed to create a wonderful atmosphere. In an area which is well-known thanks to its extra-virgin olive oil (Campello sul Clitunno and Spoleto are members of Associazione Nazionale Città dell'Olio, the national association gathering all the cities producing olive oil), it is possible to find out places of high historical and landscape interest such as the Sacred Wood of Monteluco or the marvelous Clitunno Springs.
Todi, Gubbio, Narni, Amelia, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, the basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto, the Temple of Clitumnus in Campello.
Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria – Perugia “S. Francesco d’Assisi” (www.airport.umbria.it). A1 Motorway, European routes: E45 and E78. Florence-Rome Express Rail link; Florence-Rome Railway line; Foligno-Terontola Railway line; Rome-Ancona Railway line.
Arrival in Perugia. Hotel check-in, you will be given the keys to the room that was booked for you, and visit to the city and its historic centre.
Guided tour of Assisi. You will discover St. Francis’s places by visiting the Cattedrale S. Rufino (XII century), patron saint of the town and the Basilica Santa Chiara (XIII century) which is located where the ancient San Giorgio chapel was, the place where Francis was first buried. You will then visit the Chiesa Nuova, which was built in 1615 where St. Francis’s family home was and the Basilica San Francesco. The church was built where St. Francis’s grave is and is the centre of Franciscan spirituality, it is an architectural masterpiece, proof of the best part of the Italian medieval architecture. Your guided tour will end by visiting Porziuncola at Santa Maria degli Angeli and the ancient little church of San Damiano.
On this day, you will visit Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. This tour starts in Spoleto, where you will visit the San Salvatore Cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, who is here portrayed by means of gold and lapis lazuli powder. You will reach the Rocca Albornoziana by escalator and visit the National Museum of the Dukedom of Spoleto. After visiting the museum, you will walk through the historic city centre and reach the famous Piazza Duomo. You will then have lunch and, in the afternoon, you will visit Campello sul Clitunno and the Clitunno sources. This tour starts at the Castello di Campello Alto, an ancient hamlet at the top of a hill covered in olive trees and from which you can enjoy the view of the Spoleto valley and the areas that were occupied by the Longobards. You will then visit the Fonti del Clitunno (the Clitunno sources) and the water garden - which was celebrated by the poets of the past - that is located in a unique environment. Follow the ancient Via Flaminia, until you get to the Tempietto, which is an exceptional example of the Lombardic presence in the area. And then back to the hotel in Spoleto.
Hotel check-out and journey back to your home town.