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Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi) Tours

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi)
Birthplace of St. Francis and one of Italy’s most atmospheric hill towns, Assisi is best known for its glorious Basilica of St. Francis. The UNESCO-listed pilgrimage site is a treasure trove of medieval art. Visit the soaring upper church, the somber lower church, and Francis’ tomb in the crypt.

The Basics
Assisi’s crown jewel is its 13th-century basilica, topping the massive hillside Sacro Convento complex. The church has three main components: the Upper Basilica (Basilica Superiore), home to one of the world’s most celebrated fresco cycles; the older Lower Basilica (Basilica Inferiore), decorated with late-medieval frescoes by Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti; and the underground Crypt of St. Francis (Cripta di San Francesco), where St. Francis’ tomb lies. Both pilgrimage site and de facto art museum, the basilica is best appreciated with a guide who shares insight into its art, architecture, and history. Stop by on a small-group or private tour of Assisi, or opt for an audio tour that focuses exclusively on the basilica.

Alternatively, explore the basilica and Assisi’s other Franciscan sights on a day trip from Rome or Florence. Many tours include stops along Lake Trasimeno or in nearby towns such as Perugia.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking tours of Assisi along the medieval town’s steep lanes.  
  • Both the Upper and Lower Basilica are accessible to wheelchairs; the crypt, however, is not.
  • The Basilica di San Francesco requires modest clothing and solemn decorum.
  • Photography isn’t allowed inside the church.

How to Get There
The Basilica di San Francesco is located on Piazza San Francesco at the far end of Assisi’s historic center. Direct trains run from Rome and Florence.

When to Get There

The Basilica di San Francesco is open every day. Check the church’s website for hours and a list of celebrations. On the feast day of St. Francis (October 4), special masses are held in and around the basilica, often with the participation of the pope and national and international political figures.

Giotto’s Frescoes

The Upper Basilica is decorated with one of the most significant works of Italian medieval art: a series of frescoes telling the story of St. Francis’ life. Known collectively as The Legend of St. Francis, the panels include St. Francis Giving His Mantle to a Poor Man, among others. The frescoes are attributed to Giotto, though some art historians contest this claim, citing style discrepancies suggesting the panels could be the work of several artists.
Address: Piazza Inferiore di S. Francesco, 2, Assisi 06081, Italy
Admission: Varies
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28 Tours and Activities to Experience Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi)

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Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit

Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit

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See the highlights of Assisi on a 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi), the Duomo di San Rufino, the Basilica di Santa Chiara (St Claire) and the lovely main square, Piazza del Comune. Enjoy clear views of the massive 14th-century fort, Rocca Maggiore, which sits on top of the hill. As you walk with your guide, hear about the history and cultural treasures of Assisi.
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  • 3 hours
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Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica

Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica

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Discover Assisi’s rich history on a private, 3-hour walking tour. Stroll through the charming squares and narrow streets of old town, and learn about the city’s multilayered past as you view ancient Roman ruins and medieval buildings. Pay homage to Assisi’s famous patron saint at the Basilica of St Francis, which boasts one of Italy’s finest collections of church art. Stop as often as you like and enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide. 
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  • 3 hours
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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

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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$150.94
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St. Francis Basilica of Assisi and City Walking Tour

St. Francis Basilica of Assisi and City Walking Tour

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Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi) with a private official guide. See the highlights of Assisi with a knowledgeable local guide. Discover the Basilica di Santa Chiara (St Claire) and the lovely main square. As you walk with your guide, hear about the history and cultural treasures of Assisi.
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Assisi - the city of San Francesco

Assisi - the city of San Francesco

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San Francesco was an extraordinary man and in this tour we will get to know the places where he lived and where he rests today. Together we will go to the discovery of a man and an extraordinary city.
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Charms & Highlights of Assisi and Spello

Charms & Highlights of Assisi and Spello

We will meet and start in Assisi, after introductions and maybe some coffee, our journey will start! A professional photo shoot is waiting for you so get ready to pose for the camera ! We will discover the cities and even step of the touristic pathway so that you can gain insight. We will be exposed to every aspect that has shaped and still shapes the two cities and you will get a feeling of how it feels to live here. My stories will transport you back and forward in time, we will discuss how different cultures, society and individuals shaped the two cities that we have today. After a lunch break we will travel by train to Spello, another beautiful medieval jewel city, where we will continue our journey. The photo shoot will continue in Spello and also our journey to discover aspects, lore and unique gigs about the city. we will stop for appetizers before heading back by train to the city of Assisi. A special gift will await you at the end of the experience!
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  • 5 to 6 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: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour with official guide

Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour with official guide

Visit one of the most famous churches of Italy with an official guide. Learn the importance of the Basilica di San Francesco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Assisi, City Highlights and St. Francis Basilica - small group tour

Assisi, City Highlights and St. Francis Basilica - small group tour

See the highlights of Assisi on a 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi), the Duomo di San Rufino, the Basilica di Santa Chiara (St Claire) and the lovely main square, Piazza del Comune. Enjoy clear views of the massive 14th-century fort, Rocca Maggiore, which sits on top of the hill. As you walk with your guide, hear about the history and cultural treasures of Assisi.
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Assisi and s. Francis Basilica's Day Tour from Rome

Assisi and s. Francis Basilica's Day Tour from Rome

During our Assisi Day Tour you’ll have the chance to learn more about the history of S. Francis and of the Christian world. Your English-speaking driver will pick you up at your accommodation and will take you directly in Assisi at the meeting point with your private licensed tour guide, who will guide you around for a 2hrs visit of one of the most famous Christian locations of Italy. This is a wonderful and peaceful experiences, where you will regenerate all your sense. Umbria region is also an important destination for food and wine lovers, so in Assisi you'll also have the chance to taste the local dishes and the famous delicious wine! The view of the countryside from Assisi hill will leave you breath-taking. During the Basilica’s tour you’ll discover many and many hidden churches, paintings, sculptures and piece of arts ... and obviously you’ll have a deep internal visit of St. Francis Basilica!
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  • 9 hours
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Assisi (St. Francis & St. Claire) - Private Day Tour from Rome

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Assisi (St. Francis & St. Claire) - Private Day Tour from Rome

Assisi represents an ensemble of masterpieces of human creative genius such as the Basilica of St. Francis, a fundamental reference for art history in the world. The diffusion of the artistic and spiritual message of the Franciscan Order of the Franciscan Order Assisi is a unique example of continuity of a city sanctuary in its natural environment. The Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi, contains precious frescos dating back to the 12th to the 14th century. In the chapel of the Crucifix which, would have invited St. Francis in the church of St. Damian in order to "reset up the Church". of Assisi and some relics particularly well preserved.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Assisi and Perugia Full Day Tour from Assisi

Assisi and Perugia Full Day Tour from Assisi

This tour indeed will show you two of the most charming hilltowns of central Italy. You will also enjoy 14th Century frescoes and Reanaissance paintings. It will be like to back to the past!
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Assisi and Cascia (St. Francis, St. Claire and St. Rita) Private Tour from Rome.

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Assisi and Cascia (St. Francis, St. Claire and St. Rita) Private Tour from Rome.

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Assisi represents an ensemble of masterpieces of human creative genius such as the Basilica of St. Francis, a fundamental reference for art history in the world. The diffusion of the artistic and spiritual message of the Franciscan Order has significantly contributed to the development of art and architecture in the world. The Basilica of St. Francis is an outstanding example of a type of architectural ensemble that has significantly influenced the development of art and architecture itself. Cascia is home to Saint Rita of Cascia, one of Catholicism's most revered saints, often referred to as the "Saint of the Impossible". Cascia is also the place where a Eucharistic Miracle is preserved. It is therefore high on the list for many Catholic pilgrims. Saint Rita of Cascia is often called "the saint of the impossible". St. Rita's story is one of the power of prayer and of faith.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Orvieto & Assisi (St. Francis & St. Claire) Private Tour from Rome

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Orvieto & Assisi (St. Francis & St. Claire) Private Tour from Rome

The diffusion of the artistic and spiritual message of the Franciscan Order has significantly contributed to the development of art and architecture in the world. Assisi, the place of birth of the Franciscan Order, has been closely associated since the Middle Ages to the cult and spread within the Franciscan movement, conveying to a universal message of peace and tolerance even to other religions or beliefs. The tour includes the visit of St. Claire grave. Want to visit Italy, but looking to see more than just the tourist cities? Orvieto is your answer! The historic, and beautiful section of this city. The well-preserved Gothic and medieval buildings will make you feel like you're frozen in time. You can easily wander the city for hours without running.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Guided tour of Assisi

Guided tour of Assisi

If you are curious to know the wonderful city of Assisi, the places that characterize it and make it the most famous Umbrian city in the world, you cannot miss this guided tour. In the company of qualified and competent guides, you will begin your journey to discover Assisi from one of the most important symbols of the city, the Basilica of San Francesco, an architectural masterpiece that since 2000 is also recognized and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site . In the two superimposed and independent churches, you will admire the pictorial works of famous artists such as Giotto, Cimabue, Lorenzetti and Simone Martini, inside the crypt, finally, you can visit the remains of the Saint. You will then continue with a visit to Piazza del Comune, where you will admire the temple of Minerva and, not far away, the New Church built on the home of San Francesco. The visit will continue with the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Cathedral of San Rufino, to conclude in the upper part of the city.
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Assisi and Orvieto Full Day Tour from Assisi

Assisi and Orvieto Full Day Tour from Assisi

This tour indeed will show you two of the most charming hilltowns of central Italy. You will also enjoy 14th Century frescoes and Reanaissance paintings. It will be like to back to the past!
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$458.23
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Assisi and Spello Full Day Private Walking Tour

Assisi and Spello Full Day Private Walking Tour

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Combine tours of Assisi and Spello with personalized attention on this private tour. With a guide leading you on a thoughtful itinerary, you'll get to know the best of both towns. Learn about the history and culture of each town through commentary tailored to your interests while viewing the Renaissance paintings and 14th-century frescoes.
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Private 10-Hour Tour of Orvieto & Assisi from Rome with Hotel Pick up

Private 10-Hour Tour of Orvieto & Assisi from Rome with Hotel Pick up

Enjoy as much as possible your time in Italy and visit one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, Umbria. Your private english speaking driver* will drive you and your party through perched towns and across the beautiful italian countryside (visiting the most beautiful of them, Orvieto). After crossing the Tiber river, you will get to Orvieto. After visiting Orvieto, your private driver will continue driving through vineyards and ancient villas until you arrive to the city of Assisi. Very well known after Saint Francis, the city has a lot of attractions. You will get to know the history and secrets of Assisi with a private tour guide during 2 hours, where you will visit the Basilica of Saint Francis (entrance included) and Saint Claire, from where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Umbrian countryside, as well as the old city center of Assisi. Driver is not a official tour guide and cannot leave the vehicle unattended. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE
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  • 10 hours
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tour with Lunch in Umbria

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tour with Lunch in Umbria

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Enrich your knowledge of Italian food and culture on a tour of an olive oil production site in the Umbrian hills. Tour an olive orchard and traditional oil mill with a guide to learn how “green gold” has been manufactured for generations. Complete your tour with a light lunch, including an olive oil and wine tasting.
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Audio guides in Umbria

Audio guides in Umbria

What is Vox City? Designed specifically for independent travelers, Vox City Guide and Vox City Guide Unmissable offer guided tours independently of the main cities and attractions in the world. The app allows you to enter your bookmarks at will and includes by default hundreds of points of interest with multilingual audio descriptions, stories told by local experts, images, tourist itineraries (both on foot and by public transport) and offline navigable maps.
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Umbria Nature & Sport 8 Days Private Tour

Umbria Nature & Sport 8 Days Private Tour

UMBRIA NATURE & SPORT GUIDED TOUR: 7 nights, glorious nature and adventurous excursions: river rafting, hot air balloning, kayaking, horseback riding, atv adventure, trekking...and traditional cuisine!
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Assisi, the town of Saint Francis - Private Tour

Assisi, the town of Saint Francis - Private Tour

Assisi is a must-see in Umbria, especially famous because it is the birthplace of Saint Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order here in 1208. Assisi is fascinating for spiritual, artistic and historical reasons: the remains of the Ancient Roman city and the breathtaking churches from the Middle Ages make it one of the most beautiful towns in Italy! Discover the Roman amphiteatre, the Forum (main square) and the impressive Temple of Minerva, whose columns still stand after more than 2000 years! Then, time to follow your knowledgeable guide to the medieval city of St. Francis and his followers, and have a look at the most beautiful churches in Assisi: the Basilica of St. Clare, the Gothic church that contains her mortal remains, the Cathedral of St. Rufinus, in Romanesque style, and the most-renowned Basilica of Saint Francis. Here you will admire the breathtaking frescoes painted by famous Italian artists like Giotto and Cimabue, and you will discover two superimposed churches, known as the Upper Church, slender and bright, in Gothic style, and the Lower Church, where Saint Francis was buried.
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  • 3 hours
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$59.17
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Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi - Private Tour

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Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi - Private Tour

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The Basilica of Saint Francis is the most-renowned church of Assisi, a breathtaking masterpiece of medieval art and architecture. Discover the secrets of Saint Francis, who lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man until he had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ, and decided to dedicate his whole existence to the poor and sick people. Admire the marvellous frescoes painted by Giotto, father of modern realistic art, "the most sovereign master of painting in his time”. Visit the Upper Church, slender and bright thanks to its Gothic style and the colorful glass windows, and the Lower Church, where the mortal remains of Saint Francis are preserved among amazing frescoes by the greatest Italian artists of the Middle Ages, like Cimabue and Simone Martini.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Walking Tour of Assisi: In the Footsteps of St. Francis

Private Walking Tour of Assisi: In the Footsteps of St. Francis

The birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi has long been closely linked with religion. Yet, this idyllic medieval city in the region of Umbria, is also home to outstanding architecture and splendid artwork. On this 2.5-hour private tour, follow your guide to discover the highlights and hidden gems in this coveted UNESCO World Heritage site. Assisi’s fame has always been closely linked to the birthplace of St. Francis, and as a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, it continues to draw pilgrims and travelers alike. This beautiful Umbrian town, perched on a hilltop, boasts stunning medieval architecture, remarkable works of art and timeless charm, making it one of the most popular destinations in Italy.
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$300.66
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