Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Siena

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  • Location: Siena, Italy
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5919ASSISCOR
Visit Cortona and Assisi, two stunning hilltop towns, on a full-day trip from Siena! Explore the town of Cortona in the morning, sightseeing independently or discovering its delights on a guided walking tour (own expense). Then, spend your afternoon in the town of Assisi, following in the footsteps St Francis of Assisi (Italy’s patron saint) on a walking tour, learning about his life in the town. See Santa Maria degli Angeli Church, where he realized his vocation, and Basilica di San Francesco -- a spectacular church built to commemorate him.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide
Leave your central Siena hotel in the morning and travel east to Cortona, a stunning little hilltop town of ancient origins. The setting for the 2003 rom-com Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona boasts a wealth of picture-perfect medieval architecture making it a perfect place to spend your morning. Sightsee at leisure or join a walking tour (own expense), seeing sites like Santa Margherita Sanctuary – built to commemorate the patron saint of the city – and the imposing Palazzo Communale. Enjoy a walk and stroll around the city walls.

After your tour, relax with some free time in the town to do as you please. Perhaps find a piazza-side café for lunch (own expense) or stroll around the narrow lanes admiring the sun-bleached stone buildings. Meet back up with your guide at a pre-arranged time to leave Cortona by coach.

Continue your tour traveling south into Umbria to visit Assisi, an enchantingly beautiful hill town, best known for its links to St Francis – a wealthy merchant’s son who chose to embrace poverty and preach on the streets of the town.

Follow in St Francis’ footsteps on a walking tour around Assisi, ambling along winding streets and alleyways and ending up in the spectacular Basilica di San Francesco. See both the upper and lower basilicas -- one lavishly ornate and the other minimalistic and sober in line with St Francis’ teachings. The church is also famous for its Giotto frescoes, and your guide will point out these medieval depictions of St Francis’ life in the town. Finish your afternoon in Assisi with a visit to Santa Maria degli Angeli Church -- a little-known place where St Francis is said to have realized his vocation.

Return to your coach for the journey back through the picturesque Tuscan hills to Siena, where you'll arrive in the late afternoon.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your central Siena hotel
Departure Time:
8:15am
Return Details:
Concludes in central Siena

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Pricing information

Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Siena

Assis and Contona Tour from Siena

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees: Basilica di San Francesco, Basilica di Santa Chiara and Santa Maria degli Angeli Church
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Walking tour of Cortona (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please note that a fair amount of walking is involved
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Irina P, December 2013

Apparently on the day of this trip the Pope was visiting Assisi, so the city was closed and we couldn't get in, of which I was informed a day in advance (they said we would visit a different twon instead). Then on the day itself after we visited Cortona and had some free time there, we drove to Assisi. It seemed that our guide and driver had no idea how to get into town, but they tried hard, and eventually we parked outside Assisi and took a shuttle and visited Basilica of San Francesco. We even ended up seeing the Pope as he was transferred from one church to another :-) Under the cirsumstances - I think that this tour went very well, so I give it 4 stars out of 5. I don't know how the tour goes under normal circumstances.

Reviewed by: Brenda D, September 2013

I truly enjoyed this day. The guides were very good and I learned a lot. I had been ready for this, having read a little about both places, knowing some history and the layout of the towns. The connection from Siena worked well.

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Tour code: 5919ASSISCOR