First Day: ASSISI Guided tour of the basilica, built over the tomb of the Saint of Assisi. The double papal basilica founded by Gregorio IX, is an architectural masterpiece that contains the best of Italian medieval art, from Cimabue to Giotto, from Simone Martini to Pietro Lorenzetti from Jacopo Torriti to Pietro Cavallini. Followed by a guided tour of the city center: the Basilica of St Clare, where the foundress of the order of the Poor Clares is buried and where the Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis is kept, the Cathedral of S. Rufino with its splendid Romanesque façade that dominates the upper part of Assisi which preserves intact the charm of the medieval alleys and the Piazza del Comune with the austere and elegant public buildings of the medieval Comune: Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and Torre del Popolo. In the afternoon meeting with the guide for the mini-bus excursion to the Hermitage of the Carceri and to San Damiano. The first is located about five kilometers from Assisi, hollowed on the side of Mount Subasio, and is the place where the Poverello and his first companions chose isolation and prayer, in the natural caves located near an ancient church among the oaks. In San Damiano, instead, Francis began his conversion process, when he heard the call of the Crucifix according to the biographies. He also spent some periods in the final phase of his life, when he was already very ill, completing the Canticle of the Creatures. Also in San Damiano, Saint Clare set up her first community of Poor Dame, holding her until her death. Following a brief visit to the Porziuncola, a place par excellence where to reconstruct the difficult choice of St Francis and the subsequent years between the “perfect joy” and moments of despair: the Roseto of temptations, the remains of his humble house, the place of Transit October 3, 1226 and the beloved chapel chosen to become the place of the wonderful evangelical adventure of the saint. Today the whole area is enclosed within the grandiose structures of the Papal Basilica of S. Mary of the Angels, designed many years later and of great contrast effect with the simple Porziuncola.
Second Day: PERUGIA A guided tour of the city, surrounded by Etruscan walls, rich with frescoes by Perugino and other Umbrian, with buildings from the 16th century or Baroque of the Pontifical Perugia.