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Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence

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Florence, Italy
Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence

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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Discover Assisi and Cortona on a day trip from Florence, and make the most of a private driver, just for your group. First, travel to the pilgrimage town of Assisi to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint. Learn about his life in the town, and visit the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Claire. After a break for lunch, continue to Cortona for some sightseeing at your leisure. Entrance fees and food are at your own expense.
  • Assisi and Cortona day trip with a private driver
  • See Giotto frescoes inside the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Visit the Basilica of St. Chiara, then enjoy free time to explore
  • Spend time in Cortona, a Tuscan town that featured in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'
  • Use a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off service from Florence
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Mercedes vehicle
Speaking driver
Free time in Assisi and Cortona
Bottled water
Wi-Fi
Food and drinks
Local guides in Assisi and Cortona

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We also offer the pick up service at private homes or apartments

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Start your day trip with pickup from your Florence hotel, then sit back as your driver navigates the roads, allowing you to admire the landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria.

Your first stop is the hilltop town of Assisi, a place of pilgrimage that’s famed as the birthplace of both St. Francis and St. Clare.

Enjoy free time to explore the town at your own pace, and stop for lunch, if you wish. Then, it’s time to return to your driver for the journey to Cortona, a town that featured in the 2003 film 'Under the Tuscan Sun.'

Use your free time here to stroll amid Etruscan treasures, medieval architecture, and even artwork from the Renaissance era. Entrance fees, food, and wine are at your own expense.

Later, meet back up with your driver for the journey back to Florence. Your day trip ends with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Florence
To start your incredible journey, an expert private driver will pick you up directly from your accommodation in Florence in a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. Enjoy the comfort of private transportation as you admire lovely views throughout the Tuscan countryside heading south, passing the regional border into Umbria. The drive to the small, hilltop town of Assisi will take about two hours.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Assisi
Your driver will drop you off in the mesmerizing town of Assisi, filled with white buildings overlooking the green, picturesque valley below. This town is known as one of the most sacred places in Italy, as it is the home of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. You will have plenty of free time to independently explore the natural beauty and medieval alleyways of the city. Take a step back in time as you explore the ancient architecture and walk down the same cobblestone streets in which Saint Francis walked generations ago. This town has a special aura in the air, and there is so much to be discovered! The ancient churches of Assisi are among the most sacred in Italy, and extremely rich in history and culture. Must-sees while you are visiting Assisi include: Basilica di Santa Chiara, Basilica di San Francesco, and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Chiara
Basilica di Santa Chiara is dedicated to Saint Clare, and it is an extremely religious site in Italy. Outside of the Basilica, you will find interestingly colored materials - the church is decorated in white and pink striped marble from a mountain near Assisi. The belltower is the tallest in Assisi. However, inside the church, there is an unexpected emptiness - the church has only one aisle. Once decorated by intricate frescoes, these were all lost through time. Beneath the church, you can find the tomb of Saint Clare. For a woman who helped and influenced so many, this Basilica is a beautiful memorial.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi
Basilica di San Francesco is one of the most important religious sites in the entire country of Italy. Not only is it the oldest Gothic church throughout the country, but it is also built above the tomb of Saint Francis. The church technically consists of two parts - a lower church and upper church. In the lower half, visitors can find the incredibly sacred tomb of San Francesco, as well as important frescoes by Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini. The upper part of the church allows a heavenly light to shine in, glowing upon ancient frescoes painted by Giotto. These colorful 28 frescoes are dazzle in glory, depicting the life of the Saint, and forever representing a vivid celebration of life. After exploring the inside of Basilica di San Francesco, you can exit onto a lawn overlooking the skyline of Assisi.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
Make the most of your private driver, and ask him to take you to the nearby Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. It is located about two and a half miles (four kilometers) from the city center. When visiting Santa Maria degli Angeli, you can actually enter another much smaller building inside - “Porziuncola,” a very small, stone chapel which housed Saint Francis and his followers. Inside this tiny structure, Saint Francis started the Franciscan order. Now, you will see the Porziuncola has been decorated in Gothic style frescoes, glorifying the small building. This sacred stop is a must-see during your visit to Assisi for those interested in religious history or relics.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cortona
After spending some time in Assisi, your driver will take you to the lovely, hilltop town of Cortona. It is most well known for being the place where the film, “Under the Tuscan Sun,” was filmed in the early 2000’s. This town is extremely historic; in fact, it was originally built by the Etruscans! Now, you can enjoy the picturesque streets filled with flowers, stunning views of the rolling hills, and Tuscan architecture. Enjoy some free time to independently explore the town, take plenty of pictures, and sip on a coffee, or indulge in an aperitivo beverage! When you are ready, your private driver will be waiting for you.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Florence
After a memorable day of history, sacred sites, and natural beauty, you can enjoy the comfort of a private Mercedes vehicle. You will be dropped off directly at your accommodation in Florence in the early evening.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Ciaoflorence Tours & Travels Srl

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Full-Day Tour of Assisi and Cortona from Florence?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "It was the low season so no crowds and lots of atmosphere." See review

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star-5
Atmospheric
acschai
, Jan 2020
Assisi was beautiful. It was the low season so no crowds and lots of atmosphere. We loved wondering the narrow cobblestone streets and visiting the religious sites. Cortona was even more medieval and equally fascinating. Placido, our driver guide was great.
star-3
Very private tour.
Mobile376653
, Jan 2020
Assisi is beautiful but not worth the price for driving service. Not much input from driver who also seems too eager to just get us there and back.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear customer Thank you for the feedback provided. We are deeply sorry to know that you haven't enjoyed the day very much. We would like to kindly let you notice that it is clearly marked into the website what the tour includes: pick up and drop off service from/ to the accommodation are included, so as the car driven by an English speaking driver. The basic package does not include a guided tour. When we are requested a guided tour or any other optional we are happy to add these services in order to customize the tour the best that we can (at a higher price). This time you just picked the basic package that is also very good because it just makes your like much easier and reduce the travel times. We hope that you will have the opportunity to come back and enjoy your next visit better! Wishing you all the best Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
star-5
Good driver
figueroachan
, Aug 2019
We had a good trip. Our driver was nice and friendly and even picked us up when we got lost and didn’t make it to the meeting point. He also took us at the plaza of Michael Angelo even if that was not included in the tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear client, A thousand thanks for your nice review! We are so happy to know that you spent a great day and got to make beautiful memories thanks to Ciaoflorence! We hope we will be lucky enough to have you on board again in the future! Meanwhile we wish you all the best! Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
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We were booked on a private tour of...
John J
, Jul 2018
We were booked on a private tour of Assisi, but because of a mix-up in the bookings we ended up on the group tour to Assisi, Cortona and Passignano Sul Trasimeno. This turned out to be good for us because we ended up having Julio as our tour guide. Julio was fantastic. He led a group of English and Spanish speaking tourists. He was able to switch effortlessly between languages. He was entertaining and very knowledgable and considerate of the needs to the tour group. He gave us extra free time where he could. The afternoon in Assisi was definitely the highlight: very moving and well presented. Scenery on the way was stunning. Ten out of ten Julio!

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