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Assisi Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli)
Assisi Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli)

Assisi Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli)

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The lovely Mannerist Assisi Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli) was built on the plain below hilltop Assisi and was over a century in the making between 1569 and 1679. It was commissioned by Pope Pio V to accommodate the influx of pilgrims to worship at the Cappella Porziuncola, the hermitage where St Francis prayed in the early 13th century and founded the order of Franciscan monks.

Designed by Perugian architect Galeazzo Alessi, Santa Maria degli Angeli is one of the biggest Christian churches in the world, measuring a whopping 126 m (413.25 ft) long and 65 m (213.25ft) wide. It has a barnlike central nave and side aisles lined with chapels; frescoes by 18th-century artist Andrea Appiani adorn the walls of the basilica. The original 13th-century Cappella Porziuncola sits directly underneath the

great central dome, now protected from the elements for posterity. The Cappella del Transito is close by and marks the exact spot where Francis died in 1226; it displays the saint’s simple rope belt and a terracotta portrait by Andrea della Robbia, executed in 1490. Both chapels are frescoed with scenes depicting his visions.

Outside the basilica is the Rose Garden, all that remains of the forests of Monte Subasio that surrounded Francis’s hermitage. The adjacent 15th-century friary houses the Porziuncola Museum, founded by Franciscan friars in 1924 and exhibiting religious art and reliquaries from the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Daily 10am–12.30pm, 2pm–6pm
Via Porziuncola 1, Assisi, Umbria, 06081

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Private Tour: Assisi Day Trip from Rome

Private Tour: Assisi Day Trip from Rome

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Experience the medieval charm of Assisi on this private day trip from Rome. In the comfort of your own vehicle with a private driver-guide, you’ll journey to the region of Umbria, known for its hilltop villages, to visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Assisi. On a walking tour, see historical sites related to native son St Francis of Assisi, Italy’s patron saint, and admire religious landmarks like the Church of Santa Chiara and Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
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  • 9 hours
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Assisi Full day tour including St Francis Basilica and Porziuncola

Assisi Full day tour including St Francis Basilica and Porziuncola

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Assisi is one of the most picturesque hill-top towns in Umbria and renowned for its UNESCO-listed Basilica of San Francesco. On this tour, visit the medieval Basilica, Rocca Maggiore castle, and Saint Rufino’s Cathedral, then follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi with a tour of Eremo Delle Carceri, the Sanctuary of Saint Damiano, and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels.
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  • 6 hours
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Assisi Fullday from Rome with Papal Blessing on Parchment and Lunch Included

Assisi Fullday from Rome with Papal Blessing on Parchment and Lunch Included

In this fullday you’ll be able to visit Assisi the town of St. Francesco and learn more about His life. Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English. In Assisi you will explore 3 popular pilgrimage sites: • Basilica of St. Francesco • Basilica of Santa Chiara • Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli with the Porziuncola Included a very good Luch. Upgradable private licensed local tour guide in Assisi in Private option Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 10 hours
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$307.34
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Assisi & Saint Francis Path Tour from Rome

Assisi & Saint Francis Path Tour from Rome

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We are looking for the best quality tours around Italy, like this one to Assisi and Saint Francis Path. Experience in Rome, in our luxurious Mercedes Benz Minivans! Our drivers are only the best English speaking professionals with experience in the field, so they are very knowledgeable about Italy, and will always be ready to answer all your doubts! In addition, it is also very good to highlight our Assisi and Saint Francis Path super tour one!
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  • 8 hours
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Food and wine tour

Food and wine tour

Thanks to this tour you can go back in time and visit our land in complete relaxation and tranquility. The itinerary will include a visit by carriage of the Hovel and the Leprosarium. Everything will be enriched by a very good and tasty picnic immersed in a vineyard under a pergola located on the slopes of the Basilica of San Francesco.
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Assisi: the Three Major Basilicas. St. Francis, St. Clare and Porziuncola chapel

Assisi: the Three Major Basilicas. St. Francis, St. Clare and Porziuncola chapel

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See the highlights of Assisi on a 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable official guide. This tour will allow you to know about the most important churches in assisi. St. Francis Basilica, St. Clare Basilica and Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels with Porziuncola.
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  • 3 hours
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Sanctuaries and Franciscan Sites surround Assisi

Sanctuaries and Franciscan Sites surround Assisi

The ornate Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi is often so busy with tourists and pilgrims that it is hard to get a sense of the saint’s contemplative spirit and deep humility. Experience authentic Franciscan spirituality with this small-group guided tour of Saint Francis’ most significant yet peaceful sanctuaries outside the medieval walls of Assisi, including the San Damiano Monastery, Porziuncola chapel, and Carceri Hermitage.
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  • 3 hours
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Assisi Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli) hours of operation: Daily 10am–12.30pm, 2pm–6pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.