Umbria Tour – In the heart of the Middle Ages
4 days / 3 nights
Arrival at Domus in Capodacqua (5 km from Assisi).
After meeting our guide, we will begin our tour, which includes not only the places and history of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Rita of Cascia, but we will also take a pleasant walk through the charming historic centres of Umbria. Our first stop will be the Cathedral of San Rufino, one of the greatest masterpieces of Umbrian Romanesque architecture. We will enter the Basilica of Santa Chiara with its relics inside and the Crucifix of San Damiano that spoke to Saint Francis. Arriving in Piazza del Comune, we look up at the Temple of Minerva, which later became a Christian church, the Torre del Popolo and the Palazzo dei Priori.
We will then visit the Basilica dedicated to Saint Francis, patron saint of Italy, where his remains are preserved. After a moment of recollection, return by coach to the Domus with a stop at the Porziuncola. Here, where the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli now stands, St. Francis founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209.
Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast and meeting with the guide, transfer by coach to Cascia.
This morning we visit the places dear to Saint Rita of Cascia, one of the world’s best-loved saints.
We will enter the Basilica dedicated to her and then pass through the Monastery where Saint Rita lived and was an example for forty years, before arriving at the Church of San Francesco, dear to the Order of Friars Minor, and the Church of Sant’Agostino, one of the oldest in the area.
Short bus transfer to Roccaporena.
We begin our tour of the small village by visiting the suggestive Scoglio Sacro (Sacred Rock) from below, where Rita used to climb to pray and feel closer to God.
We then continue to the Orto del Miracolo (Garden of the Miracle), with its bronze sculpture of the seriously ill Saint with her cousin leaning over her.
We leave Roccaporena to arrive at a place that embraces both spirit and myth, the Abbey of San Felice and Mauro. We will have lunch inside the abbey complex, founded by two Syrian priests in the 5th century. It is said that it was the two of them who defeated the dragon that infested the area.
After visiting the abbey, we move by coach to Spoleto.
Thanks to a network of escalators, we will begin our visit of the city from the imposing Rocca which towers above it; we will take the so-called “walk” of the Spoleto inhabitants, meeting the suggestive Ponte delle Torri, the symbol which most identifies Spoleto, then around the corner the magnificent view of the Piazza del Duomo, dedicated to the Assunta with an unforgettable façade; we will arrive in the Piazza del Mercato which houses two Roman arches. We return to the bus for a visit to the Monastery of S. Ponziano, just outside the walls, with a spectacular and interesting crypt.
Return by bus to the Domus. Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer by coach to Gubbio, the most beautiful medieval town in Italy.
We start our visit from the hill overlooking the town with the Basilica of St. Ubaldo (the town’s venerated patron saint) and walk along the road of the candles, a sacred path for the Gubbio people, with magnificent views of rooftops, squares and bell towers. We have lunch in the town centre and then visit the Cathedral of Saints Marian and James, which houses the relics of the two martyrs. A stop in Piazza Grande is a must, followed by alleyways, churches and breathtaking views. We finish our visit in the Church dedicated to Saint Francis, probably the second Franciscan church built after the Basilica of Assisi.
Return by coach to the Domus. Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer by coach to the historic centre of Perugia. Upon arrival in the city, we are greeted by the imposing walls of the Rocca Paolina, Perugia’s fortress built in the 16th century at the behest of Pope Paul III. Strolling through the narrow alleys, we arrive at the Fontana Maggiore, symbol of the city and a masterpiece of medieval sculpture. In the same square stands the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the city’s main religious building, which houses the alleged wedding ring of the Virgin Mary. Return by coach to Domus. END OF SERVICES.
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