Explore the green heart of Italy on a journey through charming Umbria, mingling with pilgrims, eating delicious foods and seeing ancient sites along the way. Travel from Venice to Rome, via the ancient hilltop towns of Gubbio and Assisi and encounter the religious and historical treasures of one of the most alluring regions in Europe on this delightful Italian adventure.
Days 1-2 Venice
Be enchanted by the maze of streets and alleyways, tiny bridges and winding canals in this charming city. On a walking tour, pass many of the cityÂ’s famous sights including the Rialto Bridge, the Basilica di San Marco and the wonderful Bridge of Sighs. Board a traghetto to cross the Grand Canal, stride through the pigeon flocks in the Piazza San Marco, or browse the shops for carnival masks.
Days 3-4 Gubbio
Take a funicular up the steep slopes of Mt Ingino to the hilltop basilica, in which lies the mummified body of Saint Ubaldo - GubbioÂ’s patron saint. Hike through high pastures to enjoy memorable views over the Umbrian countryside. To make the most of the townÂ’s stunning mountain scenery, be sure to dine al fresco at an atmospheric streetside cafe - perhaps try the local tartufo and porcini Â‘steaksÂ’.
Days 5-6 Assisi/Spello
Home of Saint Francis, namesake of the Franciscan order, Assisi is one of ItalyÂ’s most important religious towns. The many wonderful sights here include the Basilica di Santa Chiara and the Basilica di San Francesco. After time spent sightseeing in Assisi, take a day trip to Spello, perched on the side of Mt Subasio and dotted with ancient Roman monuments. Taste the regionÂ’s renowned wine at a local enoteca.
Days 7-8 Rome
The lively city of Rome is crowded with ancient ruins and religious artefacts, yet it buzzes with modern life. ThereÂ’s plenty of time to visit some of the cityÂ’s famous landmarks, including the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Be sure to sit for a moment on the Spanish Steps and stop for a gelato or a strong espresso at a cafe.