Christmas in Assisi
‘Tis the season for musical performances, great works of art, expert lectures and traditional Umbrian cuisine on this holiday celebration in Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis.
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Program No. 19220RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

The holidays in Assisi and surrounding Umbria offer a unique blend of seasonal events, hill town festivities and stunning landscapes, epitomizing Italy in place and spirit. Through expert lectures, archaeological analysis and in-person encounters with some of history's greatest art masterpieces, get to know the home of St. Francis and trace its heritage back to Rome and beyond, as you immerse yourself in the holiday ambiance of this fabled Italian region.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles, standing, cobbled streets, paved inclines in the hill towns, some steps in town and at museums and archaeological sites.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Study the life of Francis of Assisi through personal encounters with 700-year-old Giotto masterworks adorning St. Francis Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Florence's Basilica of Santa Croce.
  • Examine the common cultural roots shared by the hill towns of Umbria on a visit to Perugia, a traffic-free city built on Etruscan foundations and embodying an elegant standard for comparison with Assisi.
  • Start your own holiday tradition based on those whose roots stretch back through the centuries by participating in a traditional Umbrian Christmas Eve family-style dinner and midnight vigil mass.
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Marco Ceccarani
Marco Ceccarani holds a Ph.D. in humanities from the Università di Perugia (Italy). His field of expertise includes medieval and Renaissance Italian civilization and literature. He has taught for several American universities in the United States and currently teaches in Florence for American university study abroad programs. Marco lives in Assisi and his research has led him to travel to many countries around the globe.
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Marco Ceccarani
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Louise Maciejewski
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