Travelling in the footsteps of
St Francis and the painters of the early
Renaissance, explore and study the
glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14th- and
15th-century painters with experts
Lydia Bauman or Dr Nigel Spivey. From
Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, and
Giotto’s workshop on the walls of the
Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, to
Perugino and his brilliant pupil, Raphael,
in Perugia, this tour reveals the soul
of the Renaissance. The period is also
well represented in the outstanding
architecture of cities such as Arezzo,
and the work of the later 15th-century
painters Piero della Francesca, Benozzo
Gozzoli and Pinturicchio in the towns of
San Sepolcro, Montefalco and Spello.
Fly from London to Rome with Alitalia (regional
connections available). Transfer to the Hotel
Fortuna in Perugia for 6 nights. Evening
welcome dinner. (D)
Explore the architecture of Perugia, which has
changed little in more than 400 years. The
morning’s highlights include the Roman fortress
of Rocca Paolina, the Fontana Maggiore and the
gothic Palazzo dei Priori. Spend the afternoon at
the National Gallery of Umbria, which contains
30 rooms of Italian artwork from the 13th to
17th centuries, including masterpieces by local
artists Pinturicchio and Perugino. (B)
Take a short drive to Assisi, the spiritual home of
Umbria. Visit the 13th-century Basilica of San
Francesco, the motherhouse of the Franciscan
order and home to the greatest collection of
medieval frescoes in Europe, including the famous
Life of St Francis cycle, traditionally attributed to
Giotto. After lunch, see the Church of St Clare,
where the crucifix that spoke to St Francis is
preserved, before walking to the main square, site
of the Roman forum, People’s Tower and Minerva
temple. Return to Perugia, stopping en route at
the abbey of San Pietro, which features important
canvasses by Vassilacchi. (B)
In the morning, visit Spello, a former Roman colony where large parts of its fortifications
remain intact and where the Santa Maria
Maggiore church contains some magnificent
Pinturicchio frescoes. After a walk through
Spello’s medieval streets, continue to Bevagna,
another former Roman settlement with quiet
streets lined with local craft shops, delicatessens
and trattorie, a medieval washhouse and two
Romanesque churches. After lunch, drive to
nearby Montefalco, ‘the balcony of Umbria’,
known for its panoramic views, fine wines and
Benozzo Gozzoli’s fresco cycle depicting the life
of St Francis of Assisi. (B)
Begin today at San Sepolcro, the birthplace of
early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca.
Visit the Civic Museum, which contains his most
famous work, The Resurrection, and the Duomo,
with Renaissance paintings by Perugino and
Palma il Giovane. Drive through the Valtiberina
hills to the village of Monterchi where Piero’s
Madonna del Parto is housed. In the afternoon,
visit Arezzo, where his masterpiece, The Legend
of the True Cross, is found in the Basilica of San
The day’s sightseeing begins in Todi at the
Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione,
a fine example of Renaissance architecture
characterised by its five elegant domes.
Continue to Orvieto. Visit its magnificent
cathedral, one of the most important gothic cathedrals in Italy, including the Capella
Nova, with its frescoes on the theme of the
apocalypse by Signorelli, which are generally
regarded as his masterpiece and were much
admired by Michelangelo. Also visit Orvieto’s
Museo Diocesano, which contains major works
including an altarpiece by Simone Martini.
Return to Perugia for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Spend the morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer
to Rome for a return flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 3-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Hotel Fortuna is situated in a charming 14th-century building in the historic centre of Perugia. The rooms are quaint and traditionally furnished, while the ornate lounge has frescoed ceilings and a fireplace. The rooftop terrace offers views over Perugia and the valley.
Features: 51 rooms, bar, rooftop terrace, lounge.
Room amenities: Satellite television, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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IMD2017: 6 Nights
The opportunity to view an amazing range of renaissance art, also the wonderful scenery and setting... the discovery of beautiful new locations.Ms Hamilton