• Take a journey to discover Umbria’s beautiful hill towns, uncovering the artistic and cultural heritage of the region
• Palaces, cathedrals, museums and medieval streets come alive through the expertise of our Tour Director
• Explore the life of St Francis of Assisi, including a visit to the town’s magnificent basilica, one of Italy’s most significant pilgrimage destinations
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Depart London Heathrow 1045 on British Airways, arriving Rome 1420. Transfer to Spello for seven nights at Hotel Palazzo Bocci.
Perugia: Collegio del Cambio (frescoes by Perugino), Collegio della Mercanzia (15th century wood carving and intarsia work), Palazzo dei Priori (home of Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria).
Todi: Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, Piazza del Popolo, Gothic Palazzo del Popolo (exterior), Palazzo dei Priori (exterior), Palazzo del Capitano (exterior) then continue to Orvieto (exceptional cathedral begun in 1290, housing medieval carvings and frescoes by Signorelli).
Medieval town of Gubbio: Piazza Grande, Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, Palazzo Ducale, Church of San Francesco, cathedral. Evening lecture: Assisi.
Assisi: Basilica of St Francis (frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti), Santa Chiara (Francis’s miraculous crucifix), Porziuncola (first Franciscan convent, where St Francis died).
Spoleto: cathedral, Diocesan Museum with Sant’Eufemia, Roman House. Afternoon: Fountain of Clitumnus, Montefalco’s San Francesco Church Museum (Benozzo Gozzoli frescoes).
Morning: walking tour of Spello including Santa Maria Maggiore. Afternoon: Palazzo Trinci in Foligno and Wine Museum in Torgiano.
Transfer to Rome for 1520 departure, arriving Heathrow 1705.
14 Sep — 21 Sep 2020
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Christopher greatly enhanced my appreciation of many beautiful things. It was very stimulating to learn from such a knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer.
Recent ACE Customer
Please note this tour involves a good deal of walking, often uphill or over uneven ground, so a good level of fitness is required.
Cost of £2245 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £175.
Own flight reduction: £170.