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Assisi Orvieto Tour
Tour Duration: 8 hours
Assisi and Orvieto are the cities we will visit in Umbria, a green and hilly region in the heart of Italy. It is a spiritual, artistic and gastronomic tour. The first stop is Orvieto, a very old town with Etruscan origins that was built on Tufa cliff. The Duomo of Orvieto, the most important monument, is a masterpiece of Italian Gothic art. In the chapel of Saint Brizio there is the famous Last Judgment of Luca Signorelli who inspired Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. After the visit to the chapel of Saint Brizio you will descend to the subterranean tunnels below the city. Orvieto is also very famous for the production of ceramic works but also for its typical cuisine! You will taste excellent italian dishes and wine in a very typical restaurant. Later, the tour continues in Assisi. Assisi, as the rest of the region, was originally inhabited by the Umbrians, but later, the town felt the Etruscan and Roman influences. Actually there are several Roman remnants, as the front of Minerva’s Temple, the Forum’s remnants, the Roman walls and the Amphitheatre. After the fall of the Roman Empire the town, in about 545, was sieged by the Gothes and the Longobards. Only in the year 1000 it became an independent commune and had an extraordinary development, above all thanks to the monastic activities (in particular the Benedictines’ones). St Francis, the most famous Assisi’s citizen, was born here in about 1180 and in 1202, during a war against the nearby Perugia, Francis was imprisoned for more than a year. From 1206 he devoted himself to Christ by serving and helping the poor and living as a poor himself. His very famous public renunciation of all his rich father’s possessions was made in Assisi square. In 1228, only two years after his death, Francis was proclaimed saint by Pope Gregory IX. From that moment on, the town became first an imperial and then a papal dominion. Later it went under the rule of some important signorie: Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Montefeltro family, Braccio Fortebraccio and Francesco Sforza. This went on till the first half of the 16th century, when Umbria was conquered by Pope Paul III, who built the famous fortress called “Rocca Paolina” in Perugia, re-establishing in this way the papal control over the town and over all the other settlements.
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- Pick up and Drop off from your hotel
- Luxury air conditioned vehicle
- Professional driver
- Flexible itinerary
- Admission fees if not mentioned
- Complete information are included in your reservation voucher.
- Proper attire is required when visiting holy religious places, no uncovered shoulders or knees.
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