Discover the heart, soul, and spirit of Umbria through our Saints and holy places.
Offered for a minimum of 4 people
8 days & nights of touring,
Join us for a spectacular tour to the home towns of Saints Francis and Clair, and Saint Benedict, wonderful abbeys, sacred woods, and other holy places that speak to the spirituality of Umbria. Inclusive package includes guided tours, extraordinary meals, superb accommodations, and transportation.
(Tour can also be offered any time April 20 to October 31)
Discover Saint Francis of Assisi
Italy’s patron saint for good reason. His peaceful spirit still fills the places he knew well and where his ministry took root. Visit the spectacular basilica in Assisi with the famous fresco cycle by Giotto of the Life of Saint Francis as well as the saint’s tomb; the rustic Porzuncola, the 11th century church now within the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where he began his mission and where he died; visit his hermitage and stroll the paths of the bosco that bears his name. Visit the church of Saint Clair, disciple of Francis and founder of the Poor Clairs; and San Damiano, the church where Francis first heard God’s command to “fix my church.” Spend a day exploring the Assisi now completely restored after the 1997 earthquake.
Discover Saint Benedict
Take a day trip to the beautiful Sibillini Mountains and the town of Norcia, birth place of Saint Benedict (and his sister Scholastica). Founder of what would later be known as the Benedictine rule, Benedict codified a monastic life based on his motto: Ora et labora meaning “pray and work,” referring to the two major parts of the monastic life. It is first prayer (and study) and then work to support the community and its charities.
Discover Spectacular Abbeys
During your week tour, we will visit two abbeys: the Benedictine Abbey of Montelabbate, circa 1000AD, near Umbertide for a private tour of the currently closed abbey, grand church, and spectacular grounds; second, we will explore the abbey of Sassovivo near Foligno known for it’s beautiful columned cloister.
Discover the Art of Umbria
Discover masterpieces of Renaissance art, glorious architecture, medieval hill towns, and even Roman ruins. The museums and churches of Umbria are home to some of Italy’s great art. The basilica of Saint Francis alone boasts glorious frescoes by Giotto, Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini.
Our small towns offer wonderful art experiences without the crowds. We will visit Montefalco‘s museum with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli; Spello’s Baglioni Chapel by Pinturicchio; Orvieto’s duomo with frescoes by Luca Signorelli and Fra Angelico (so pivotal that Michelangelo stopped to see it on his way to paint the Sistine Chapel); Spoleto’s duomo with frescoes by Filippo Lippi and the 7th century church of San Salvatore outside the walls. In addition, you’ll discover numerous works by Perugino throughout the region.
Relax, Savor, Enjoy
Relax with friends over extraordinary meals and visit wineries to discover Sagrantino — wines for which we are justifiably famous. Enjoy the tranquility of our countryside and wander the out of the way places — hidden towns and majestic mountains with views that sweep on forever.
What to expect on our tours:
Explore the fabled cities of Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, and Spoleto – to name but a few. Savor Umbrian cuisine and wine with a mixture of home cooked meals, visits to extraordinary restaurants, and wine tastings.
Discover intimate villages and hill towns and shop for world famous ceramics in Deruta. And you’ll enjoy breathtaking views all along the way.
Tour package cost:
$2500-$2750 per person – minimum 4 people
(Airfare is not included.)
Tour packages include:
• Pick up at Rome airport;
• Outstanding accommodations for 8 nights in a restored 17th century palazzo in the walled hill town of Bettona;
• Most meals in the palazzo and out;
• Transportation throughout the week;
• Daily tours and museum fees;
• And a cooking lesson at the palazzo
• Drop off at Rome airport (Afternoon flights recommended)
at Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca in the picturesque hill town of Bettona. Located just 18k from both Perugia and Assisi. The palazzo offers a variety of extraordinary accommodations.
Apartments with beamed ceilings, full kitchens, living and dining room areas, and private baths. B&B rooms furnished with beautiful antiques with private baths also available.
(For larger groups, accommodations can be combined to sleep up to 14.)
Day 1: Pick up at Rome airport, drive to Bettona, lunch at Palazzo, relax and explore town.
Day 2: Morning visit to the Porzuncolo where Francis began his ministy and on to the Bosco di San Francesco for a leisurely walk into Assisi. Then explore the town and the spectacular Basilica of San Francesco with frescoes by Giotto, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti. Afternoon visit to the church of San Damiano one of the most authentic Francis sites.
Day 3: Visit Spello to see the work of Pinturicchio in two churches then on to picturesque Trevi and the abbey of Sassovivo. Then visit Montefalco to see Benozzo Gozzoli’s frescoes of the Life of Saint Francis and stop for a wine tasting to sample our famous Sagrantino – both the delicious dry wine and sweet passitos.
Day 4: Visit Spoleto to see the Filippo Lippi’s Life of the Virgin frescoes in the duomo and explore churches outside the walls as well. On to Norcia for lunch and visits to their wonderful meat, cheese, and truffle shops. Then visit the mountains above to see the spectacular Piano Grande, walk with the clouds, and visit the hill town of Casteluccio.
Day 5: Visit the open market of Perugia then on to explore Umbria’s capital. Visit to the National Painting Gallery and Collegio del Cambio with frescoes by Perugino. Visit the churches of San Domenico and San Pietro, with its extraordinary collection of paintings.
Day 6: Private morning tour of the Abbey of Montelabbate and then on to Gubbio. On our return trip will will stop in to visit the small town called Borgo Santa Giulianna and a nearby badia, and then on to Montone, another beautiful medieval town.
Day 7: Make and early day of it as we head out to discover the amazing city of Cività Bagnoregio and then on to Orvieto and the duomo there with famed frescoes by Luca Signorelli. After a wonderful lunch we’ll have a wine tasting nearby. Late afternoon visit toTodi
Day 8: Relaxed morning as we head to Lago Trasimeno for a walk around the island and then enjoy a delicious lunch lakeside. Stop in Corciano afterwards and then in Deruta – famous for pottery since the 14th century – for some much deserved shopping.
Day 9: 8am departure for Fiumicino airport. Please note, flights from Rome should depart early afternoon.