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r Getting there
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0 Being there
Insight Vacations visits Orvieto,
Perugia and Assisi during its
16-day Country Roads of Italy
escorted coach journey from
Rome to Venice.
Guests travel by luxury,
air-conditioned coach with
business class leg-room
and are accompanied by an
informative, personality plus
tour director. This escorted
coach journey is a class act
from start to finish – and back
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been uncovered and the mediaeval
homes that were a platform for the
new fortress are now on show.
The stone houses with Gothic
doorways and tunnels look as if they
are waiting for people to go about their
daily business. The atmospheric route
through the fortress by escalators take
you through Rocca Paolina under the
portico of Palazzo del Governo.
We headed out into the night
and into the strange and curious
labyrinthine little streets underground.
After ascending to ‘uptown Perugia’
to the historic centre, in a state of
wonderment we found ourselves in the
vigorous city of Perugia, with its night
lights on and aromas enticing us into a
21st century pizza house.
Next stop across the Umbrian Valley
is the mother ship of holy hilltop
fortress cities: Assisi. Birthplace
(in 1182) of Italy’s favourite saint,
Francis, the city is always buzzing
Saint Francis and female favourite
Saint Clare are the drawcards for the
fans. The bodies of both saints were
discovered in 1818 and luckily they
hadn’t been tampered with by grave
robbers. For centuries, holy relics had
done great business across Europe.
So what is left (bones of Saint
Francis) and preserved remains of
Saint Clare is on show as the faithful
and curious pass by in snaking queues
through Basilica di Santa Chiara
(where Clare is) and the Basilica di San
There are fine examples of Giotto’s
frescoes and Cimabue’s painting to be
viewed and other cultural attractions
includes many little pottery statues
of chubby monks and waving popes.
And for fans of Norberto, the famous
Umbrian painter, there’s a small gallery
with an excellent variety of fine prints
It feels like we’ve ticked off the holy
trinity of hill towns in Umbria and look
forward to the next stop in Tuscany.
More and more I appreciate the fact
that we enjoy these splendid visits, and
afterwards hop back on to a comfy
coach which takes us to our next stop.
So far we have been transported from
Rome, taken to ‘secret places’, had
intimate meals with welcoming local
folk, and been invited into authentic
experiences. Each night we have been
put to bed, well fed and happy, in
As we anticipate lunch and tastings
of the local olive oil, and a meal of
regional cooking in another handsome
hill town – this time Spello, with
its historic centre still enveloped by
Roman walls. We stretch our legs in
the coach, chat about the marvellous
day we have had and agree that those
Etruscans knew a thing or two about
leaving an amazing legacy in Umbria. •
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The Basilica of St Francis of Assisi.
† Assisi Fact
The mediaeval town of Assisi has been a sacred place
since long before the Franciscan era. Little is known
regarding the original founding of the town. One legend
tells that the ancient town, called Assisium, came into
existence around a holy spring that was later venerated
by the Etruscans (9th – 5th centuries BC) and, following
them, by the Romans.
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