Journey of Harmony: between nature - art - spirit and tastes

StatusOn request
Duration8 days / 7 nights
From€ 520
DestinationItaliy, Fano, Todi, Marche, Umbria, Orvieto, Ancona, Perugia, Norcia, Urbino, Assisi, Senigallia, Spoleto
Typology Discovery Marche Cultura

Ancona - Senigallia - Urbino - Loreto - Frasassi's Caves - Assisi - Perugia - Todi - Orvieto - Norcia - Spoleto

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL - SENIGALLIA Arrival and check-in at the hotel in Senigallia - Tour of the city which rises above the Adriatic Sea as well as a well-known beach area where the wide beaches have been labeled ‘velvet'. Followed by dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: URBINO AND THE MONTEFELTRO - FANO Breakfast at the hotel, then departure by car or bus to Urbino (historical capital of the Montefeltro Duchy and hometown of the great Renaissance painter Raphael Sanzio). Arrival and tour of the city defined as ‘ideal'. Other than the works of Raphael, one can admire and enjoy works by other well-known artists such as Piero della Francesca, Tiziano and the masterful "Ducal Palace" with its mythic "façade of little towers." Lunch is on your own (we recommend trying the typical "Piadina alle erbe locali"). In late afternoon, on the way back, a brief visit to FANO, the ancient, Roman "Fanum Fortunae", where the Via Flaminia ends, which started in Rome and where one can see the oldest and most important monument, the Arch of Augustus (2 a.d.). Arrive in Senigallia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3: ANCONA - LORETO - FRASASSI CAVES - PERUGIA Breakfast at the hotel, then departure for Ancona, founded by the Greeks of Syracuse in the 5th Century b.c. In ‘ANKON' one can see the "Loggia dei Mercanti" from the 15th century, the "Mole di Vanvitelli" (also known as the ‘Lazzaretto'), Trajan's Arch from 115 a.d. (one of the best preserved arches from the Roman Period in Italy), as well as modern paintings by Tiziano, Lorenzo Lotto and Carlo Crivelli. Lunch is on your own and we recommend local seafood such as the famous ‘moscioli' (muscles and oysters) accompanied by a nice, white wine. The afternoon goes on with an excursion to Loreto for a brief visit to the "Holy House" where, according to legend, the house of the Virgin Mary was removed from the Holy Lands in Jerusalem and was transported through the air by a host of angels. One will also see the Basilica which was designed in 1468 by Bramante, Sansovino and Sangallo, the most well-known Renaissance architects. The tour continues in the fantastic Frasassi Caves, a natural spectacle and one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Europe. The biggest cave, the "Cave of the Wind" could completely house the Milan Cathedral. Its ceiling reaches an altitude of 240 meters. In the late afternoon travel to Perugia, check-in at hotel in a double room with independent bathroom and overnight stay.
DAY 4: ASSISI - PERUGIA Breakfast and tour of Umbria, defined, not accidentally, as the "Green Heart of Italy" and one of the few places on earth that presents a global preservation of the relationship between settlement and territory, between man and nature. It is also an area with a rich presence of various expressions of art and culture. In fact, it was because of this combination that brought about the sublime events of the lives of Francis & Clair of Assisi, who serve as the nerve center of an unparalleled spirituality. The Assisi tour begins late morning upon arrival. We point out right away the absolute ‘must see' things like the frescoes of Cimabue, Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti and Simone Martini, the great Sienese master. This suggestive, Medieval town is the hometown of St. Francis, known as the "CITY OF PEACE". The tour can begin from the Piazza del Comune in the center of Assisi which is dominated by the columns of the "Temple of Minerva", and then continue to the "Cathedral of St. Clair" where its namesake's body can be viewed underneath in the crypt. St. Clair was responsible for founding the Order of St. Clair. Next one comes to the "Cathedral of St. Francis", built between the 12th and 13th centuries which presents an austere Roman façade. From the Cathedral, the Maria delle Rose street leads to the "Rocca Maggiore". In this area, one can find "l'Oratorio dei Pellegrini" (The Oratory of the Pilgrims), which served as a refuge or a stopping point for travelers in the 15th century, "l'Eremo delle Carceri" (St. Francis' Hermitage), and the "Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli" (Cathedral of St. Mary of the Angels). Lunch is on your own where one can try the very popular regional salami products. The day continues with a visit to the center of nearby Perugia, capital of the Region, which is centered around the street called Corso Vannucci, named after the famous painter called il Perugino. Here one can see the "Fontana Maggiore", the "Cattedrale di San Lorenzo", where St. Bernadine of Siena preached and which also houses the Madonna's wedding ring. There is also the "Palazzo dei Priori", seat of the city council and one of the most elegant and historical places in Perugia. The evening consists of dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 5: PERUGIA - TODI - ORVIETO Breakfast at the hotel and then leave for ORVIETO. Arrive mid-morning and visit the Etruscan necropolis from the 7th -3rd centuries b.c. The burial chambers were built from tuff blocks and the names of the deceased are chiseled onto the stones above the entrances. The tour continues in the city which was built along a plateau which rises 300 meters and which is marvelous on every side. The city tour begins at the celebrated Cathedral, one of the most beautiful romano-gothic cathedrals in Italy, built between 300 and 500 a.d. Next to it is the "Palazzo Papale" which today is the national seat for the Archaeological Museum, rich in finds from the Etruscan period. Also nearby is the very noteworthy "Pozzo di S. Patrizio". This curious structure descends more than 60 meters into the ground with two little staircases built in a double helix pattern which allowed men and animals to carry water without any hindrances. Lunch is open. In the afternoon travel to Todi, which is considered one of the most beautiful medieval towns in central Italy. It maintains the medieval feel with its numerous little churches, narrow, little streets, austere public palaces and lots of quiet little corners. These all lead to the "Piazza del Popolo" which is flanked by the sober façade of the 12th century Cathedral. There is also the "Palazzo dei Priori" and the "Palazzo del Popolo" to see. Return to Perugia in the evening for dinner and another overnight stay.
DAY 6: SPOLETO - NORCIA - CLITUNNO SPRING Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure to Spoleto. Ancient city and medieval capital of an important Lombard Duke. Spoleto is one of the most striking cities in the region. The city is fascinating because of its masterful monuments and it is here where one of the most important European art culture events is held - "The Festival of the Two Worlds". Like all over Italy, so here in Spoleto, art is expressed in the churches and, in fact, in the Cathedral, whose imposing Roman façade fills the Piazza. In the Cathedral is a cycle of frescoes by Filippo Lippi - 1467 - which depict episodes from the "Life of the Virgin" and the "Madonna with the Baby" by Pinturicchio. From here the tour continues through the historical center through little streets and alleys full of little stores with exterior stone counters until one arrives at the "Chiesa di S. Pietro", the "Palazzo Vescovile", the "Palazzo Comunale" and the "Via dei Duchi". This grandiose Roman building from the 1st century d.c. served as the palace of ‘Teodorico' and the ancient ducal residence. Lunch is open. The tour continues to Norcia, hometown of St. Benedict, Patron of Europe and one of gastronomic capitals of Italy. It is known for its truffles and its delicious pork-based salami. The most impressive pieces of art are found in the central St. Benedict piazza like the statue of the Saint and his sister, St. Scolastica. Other must-see places include the "Palazzo Comunale", the Cathedral and the fortress called "La Castellina". Upon reentering PERUGIA, a quick stop by the "Fonti del Clitunno" (Clitunno Spring). This well-known spring, since Roman days, is a striking place, where one can stroll through the various springs and tree-lined paths and relax and feel at peace. In the evening return to the hotel in Perugia for dinner and another overnight stay.
DAY 7: PERUGIA - SENIGALLIA - Discovering new tastes Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out and departure for Senigallia - entire day dedicated to the discovering of new culinary tastes from this ancient land with more than 3000 years of history. Visit to an olive oil press and cellars where prized white and red wines are produced as well as delicious pork and cheese products. Also, shopping is available in name-brand fabric, shoe and leather OUTLET stores. Lunch is on your own and in the evening, check-in to a Hotel in Senigallia followed by dinner and an overnight stay.

The price includes

3 days at a 3 star hotel with breakfast & Lunch included , 4 days at a 4-star hotel with breakfast & Lunch included (both with a double room) and a 4-seater car rental (unlimited mileage)

The price not includes

entrances to museums are not included