Wine, Art & soul: Assisi, Nobile Wine and Cortona

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Take a day trip packed with history, art and wine

Meet your driver escort at the hotel and continue to the beautiful Southern Tuscany and the town of Assisi in the Umbria region.

First stop will be in Cortona, a lovely city between Arezzo and Lake Trasimeno. Its cyclopean walls reveal its Etruscan origins. It was one of the twelve cities of Etruria and in its vicinity, many Etruscan ruins and tombs may be seen. Cortona sided against Rome until 310 B.C. when Fabius Rullianus defeated the Etruscans and took Perugia. Today is one of the most enchanting hilltop towns in Tuscany, filled with amazing architecture and surrounded by idyllic landscapes with vineyards. This is where the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed and is no wonder why people suddenly felt the wish to visit Tuscany. After the visit of Cortona continue to a local winery for the visit of the vineyards, cellars followed by a wine tasting paired with local cheese and cold cuts. Continue to the Umbria region and the beautiful medieval town of Assisi also famous to be the .town of St. Francis and St. Clair. Located on the hill at the foot of Mt. Subasion, you will enjoy the so well-preserved historical city and of course the complex of St. Francis composed of two churches built one above the other. The Lower Basilica is enriched by frescoes of the greatest painters of the 13th and 14th centuries: Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini. The Upper Basilica is adorned by Giotto's frescoes illustrating the life of St. Francis. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.