Leave Florence for a day and head to Umbria, a region rich in verdant hills, beautiful valleys and delightful hilltop towns like Perugia and Assisi. A Unesco World Heritage Site, Assisi is the birthplace of Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan religious order and Italy’s patron saint. The town is a jewel filled with historic and artistic treasures and boasts a pristine historic center filled with flowering balconies and noble palaces. Perugia, on the other hand, is one of Italy’s chocolate capitals and boasts an elegant centre punctuated by interesting monuments that retrace its ancient past, such as the Gothic Palazzo dei Priori and the stunning Cathedral of San Lorenzo with a beautiful fresco by Raphael. Included in the tour is a traditional lunch in a local farm.