Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

3 Reviews

  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 6367ATOUR10
Discover the enchanting hilltop towns of Assisi and Cortona on a day trip from Florence, led by a local tour leader! Walk around Assisi, and learn about the life of St Francis of Assisi on visits to the Basilica of San Francesco and the Convent of Santa Chiara. Stop to admire the 9th-century church in Santa Maria degli Angeli before continuing to the Tuscan town of Cortona for some free time to explore.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Leave central Florence in the morning and travel south out of Tuscany by coach, into the Umbrian countryside. Your first stop is Assisi, an enchantingly beautiful hill town that’s known for its links to St Francis. This son of a wealthy merchant, who chose to embrace poverty and preach on the streets of the town, has since became Italy’s patron saint.

Follow in St Francis’ footsteps on a walking tour of the town and visit the Basilica of San Francesco with its famous Giotto frescoes. Gaze in wonder at the artwork and learn about their medieval depictions of St Francis’ life in Assisi. The town was also the home of St Clare, who became one of St Francis’ first true followers. Visit the Convent of Santa Chiara dedicated to her, and then make your way back to your coach to leave Assisi.

On the town’s outskirts lies Santa Maria degli Angeli, home to a beautiful 9th-century church that’s believed to be the place of worship once favored by St Francis. Take some time to wander around the aisles with your tour leader, and then continue back into Tuscany.

In the early afternoon, stop in the hilltop town of Cortona, famous as the setting of Under the Tuscan Sun, a 2003 movie based on a memoir of the same title. Use your free time in Cortona to find a restaurant for lunch (own expense), or perhaps sightsee independently. Landmarks to look out for include the imposing Palazzo Comunale and Santa Margherita Sanctuary, a place of worship that was built to celebrate Cortona’s patron saint.

Meet your tour leader at the prearranged time, and then travel back through the Tuscan hills to central Florence where your tour finishes.

Please note: the order of the visits to Assisi and Cortona are subject to change on the day of your tour.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Santa Maria Novella Station, central Florence
Departure Time:
8:15am
Return Details:
Concludes in Piazza Adua, central Florence

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Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

Assisi and Cortona Day Trip

Inclusions:
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional tour leader
  • Assisi walking tour
  • Entrance to Basilica of San Francesco, Convent of Santa Chiara and the church in Santa Maria degli Angeli
Exclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: James P, July 2014

Great trip to two marvelous towns. Each had its own character and our guide was helpful in pointing out highlights.

Reviewed by: marcia c, June 2014

I had signed up for this trip because I wanted to go to Cortona and had to do Assisi in order to get there. I had no idea that the majority of the day would be in Assisi, and only 1 hr dedicated to Cortona. So that was a bit of a disappointment to me. The timeline was not spelled out in the information onlin. Also, it was much farther driving than I thought, I guess I should have investigated that part more carefully. Unfortunately it poured rain while in Cortona so we had literally about 10 min there. So for me, while Assisi was interesting, the trip did not meet my expectations because Cortona was a total bust. And I thought the guide we had was only mediocre.

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Tour code: 6367ATOUR10