5 Day Itinerary – visiting some of the principle towns in Umbria

Day 1
A trip to Assisi in the morning and then the outskirts of the town in the afternoon: Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli with the Porziuncola (Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels with the Portiuncula Chapel), Santuario di Rivotorto (Sanctuary of Rivotorto), Convento di San Damiano (Convent of St. Damiano), Eremo delle Carceri.

Day 2
Perugia
, is the capital of our region and the site of our prestigious university. It was of great importance in the Etruscan period, as is demonstrated by some of its most important monuments like the Porta Marzia (Marzia Gate) and the Arco di Augusto (Arch of Augustus) and also in the medieval period (the Palazzo dei Priori, the famous fountain - Fontana Maggiore, the Cathedral...).
In the afternoon, we visit Gubbio, a superb town, which rises from the foot of Mount Ingino, that still maintains its medieval appearance (Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo dei Consoli, Cathedral, Palazzo Ducale ...).

Day 3
Todi
, a characteristic town, was developed on a hill which dominates the Tevere valley. It was an important centre of the Etruscan, Roman and medieval ages, which is still demonstrated in certain evocative monuments (the Piazza del Popolo with its Palazzi, the Cathedral, the church of St. Fortunato, the Tempio della Consolazione ...).
In the afternoon, we visit Orvieto, a picturesque town, which was initially Etruscan and then medieval, that emerges above a cliff, and is famous for its Cathedral, one of the most precious examples of Italian Gothic architecture.

Day 4
Cascia
, the city of St. Rita, with the Basilica dedicated to her, each year gathers numerous pilgrims from all over Italy (Basilica and Monastery of St. Rita).
In the afternoon, a visit to Norcia, famous for St. Benedict, the founder of the religious order (Piazza S. Benedetto, chiesa di S. Benedetto (church of St Benedict), the Rocca (Fortress) or Castellina, the Cathedral...).

Day 5
Spello
, a characteristic centre, first of the Roman era (Porta Consolare, Porta Venere, Belvedere…) and then of the medieval era, with a notable cycle of frescos by Pinturicchio, inside the church of Saint Maria Maggiore.
In the afternoon, we visit Montefalco, a medieval town which rises from a panoramic position on the Valley of Umbra (it is actually called the handrail of Umbria), which has an art gallery, within the church of St. Francis, which has frescos by the masters of Umbrian art from 300 to 500 (Benozzo Gozzoli, Mezzastris, Perugino...).
Then there is a short visit to Bevagna, a small centre that still retains its medieval aspect with Piazza Silvestri, the Palazzo dei Consoli, the churches of St Silvestro and St Michael.