Umbria the green heart of Italy – Explore this regions small towns and country side, discover the real taste of olive oil at it’s origins. We stay 6 days in the charming town of Spoleto 160 km from Rome located on a strategical point on Via Flaminia. During the centuries it’s position let it become an important city as we can see from the remains of the different époques. The city is built on a hill with view over the underlying flatland, the forest on the mountains surrounding this valley has slowly given way to the olive tree plantations, the olive oil produced in Umbria is very good and especially the one produced around Spoleto.
Day 1 Arrival
Arrival to Rome airport, meet and greet by our tour leader, by private bus we travel to Spoleto, where we check in at our 4* hotel. Dinner toghether at the hotel.
Day 2 Spoleto and Clitunno
Sightseeing in town, we visit the rests of the Roman theatre from 100 before Christ, partly covered by a middle age church, passing under triumphal arch, a visit in the cathedral from 1100, seeing Ponte delle Torri an imposing bridge from 1300 and we end the tour at the Roman Forum called today Piazza Mercato, the centre of the oldest parts of town. We have lunch together at the hotel and in the afternoon we make a visit to the springs of Clitunno, known for centuries.
Many of the springs flow down in a lake before continuing down to the river.
Not far from the springs we visit an olive oil producer and returning to Spoleto we have the evening free.
Day 3 Assisi – Spello
Today we will start with a visit to Assisi, the small mountain town, where the holy Franciscus was born and where people comes from all over the world to see the art and history left. The town is amazing from a religious, historical and artistic point of view, we are going to see the frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue and a visit in the church of Santa Chiara where the legend tells the crucifix did talk to Franciscus. We eat lunch together in the country side and in the afternoon we visit Spello. Pinturicchio was called in 1501, by the family Baglione that was running the city during 1500, to decorate Santa Maria Maggiore, today we can find his art in this church. During this period Pinturicchio was very famous as he had just finished decorate the Borgia residence in the Vatican.
We return to Spoleto and have the evening free.
Day 4 Perugia
Today we go to Perugia where on a sightseeing we will discover this city built by the Etruscans during the 7th century before Christ and that from the 1200 is animportant university city. It was one of the maincentres of the Etruscans before the Romanstookit over, the historical centre sorround the gothic stile square where there is a beautiful fountain. After an interesting walk we have lunch together and some time on our own before returning to Spoleto where we have the evening free.
Day 5 Montefalco
We travel through the beautiful Umbrian landscape to Montefalco, located on a hill surrounded by olive grows and wine yards. In the church of San Francesco we can find frescoes painted during 1452 by Benozzo Gozzoli telling the holy Franciscus life.
Sagrantino di Montefalco is among the best red wines of Italy and we will end our visit in the town visiting a producer where we can taste this wine.
We return to Spoleto for an afternoon on our own, in the evening we have dinner together.
Day 6 Departure
Transfer by private coach to Roma airport.