Rome - Assisi - Rome
Summary of The Day: Visit Assisi, a stunning city full of hidden treasures in the Umbria region on a day trip from Rome
We'll pick you up right from your hotel in Rome and head out through the Umbria countryside, arriving at the medieval town of Assisi dating back to ancient Rome. Following the collapse of the Roman Empire this town was ruled by the Goths and Lombards, before becoming a focal point for the monastic movement. This eventually led to the founding of St. Francis Basilica, built in honor of the services of St. Francis. This historic saint renounced all wealth to live a simplistic life in service of God and the poor.
We'll visit the stunning St. Francis Basilica, built where the honored saint was buried, comprising two churches, one above the other with each in a completely different style: Gothic and Austere. Inside you'll admire frescoes by Giotto and see the shrines of St Francis, discovered in 1818, through excavations of the space beneath the altar.
Next, we'll encounter Assisi's other famous saint, Saint Clare, and her respective basilica. Born of noble blood, she followed the crusaders into the Promised Land. On March 18th, 1212 (Palm Sunday), she joined St. Francesco at the Porziuncola and was initiated into the church by being covered with a Franciscan frock and having her hair cut as a sign of penitence. She then retired from the world to a place of extreme poverty and simplicity.
Her basilica stands in honor of her humility and devotion. A chapel with an amazing Crucifix stands in the center of the church.
After exploring these respective basilicas we'll visit St. Mary of the Angels, a small village close to Assisi that takes its name from the 16th-century Basilica which dominates the flat base of Assisi. This region became known as Porziuncola, where Saint Clare was initiated, and is the home of the Franciscan order.
The site is considered sacred because in 1216 St. Francis received a vision of Jesus, who informed him that anyone who visits the church and confesses their sins will be forgiven. Pope Honorius III approved this indulgence and officially declared the 1st and 2nd of August each year to be Days of Forgiveness. To this very day, this yearly event continues draw a large number of religious tourists from around the world.
following our visit to these unique holy sites we'll return to Rome.
|Per Person||USD $137.29|
|Per Child (3-7)||USD $109.83|
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Roundtrip transportation
- Entrance fees
- Food and beverages
- Optional gratuities
- If your hotel is reached by the pickup service, the meeting point is the I Love Rome Office, via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 95 (nearest Metro Stop: Line A - Repubblica). Please be there no later than 7:00 a.m.
- Please consider a convenient dress-code as you will be visiting churches and places of worship (no tank tops, no shorts or mini-skirts)
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