Rome and St Francis of Assisi
We begin in Rome with visits to the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilicas of St John Lateran and St Mary Major. If required, a Papal audience in St Peter’s Square can, subject to availability, also be included. Then continue to the hilltop town of Assisi, birthplace of St Francis the founder of the Franciscan Order. Explore the town and countryside where St Francis lived and worked, also visit the Basilicas of St Francis, St Clare and Santa Maria degli Angeli with its tiny Porziuncola Chapel.
St Peter’s Basilica • Sistine Chapel • Rome Catacombs • Basilica of St Francis of Assisia
Day 1 Fly from the UK to Rome and transfer to the hotel
Day 2 Visit to the Vatican City, including the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and the Pope’s official private chapel, where papal election conclaves are held. Next we visit the massive structure of St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, built on the site where St. Peter was martyred. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 Ancient Rome Panoramic Tour by coach including the Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill. Afternoon visit to either the Saint Callixtus or Saint Agnese Catacombs. The Christian catacombs began in the second century and were originally where Christians gathered to celebrate their funeral rites and the anniversaries of the martyrs.
Day 4 Morning Renaissance and Baroque Walking Tour including Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the monument to King Victor Emanuel II. Afternoon for independent sightseeing.
Day 5 Day at leisure in Rome.
Day 6 Journey to Assisi with an en route stop in Orvieto. A visit to the cathedral is highly recommended, one of the greatest Gothic buildings in Italy.
Day 7 Morning guided walking tour of Assisi, well-known largely thanks to St Francis, Italy’s premier saint and founder of the Franciscan order. The Basilica of St Francis is undoubtedly one of the greatest monuments of 13th and 14th century Italian art. Afternoon of independent sightseeing.
Day 8 Transfer to the airport, for our return flight back to the UK.
Hotel Romoli, Rome
Charming hotel on the outskirts of Rome. The elegant and bright rooms offer fantastic views over gorgeous green Italian countryside.
• 3 star • 42 bedrooms
Hotel Porta Nuovo, Assisi
Located in the heart of the historical centre of the town, in front of the Basilica of St Francis.
• 3 star • 34 bedrooms
Your tour includes:
• Flights from the UK to Rome
• 5 nights half board in Rome
• 2 nights half board in Assisi
• Coach travel/excursions/admissions as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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