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Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi) Tours - page 2

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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Enjoy the perfect knowledge and the perfect smile

Enjoy the perfect knowledge and the perfect smile

The uniqueness of a tour is the knowledge of the territory of the guide and the love that the guide himself has for his land and his beauties, proud and eager to be able to share it with others.
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Assisi Best Highlights a Private Tour with Licensed Tour Guide

Assisi Best Highlights a Private Tour with Licensed Tour Guide

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The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is a breathtaking view. But there's much more. I will share with you my passion for history and art so that you will be able to understand why the Basilica is a world-famous symbol. And you will learn that Saint Francis started a huge cultural revolution that continues to inspire us, nowadays. I'll take you to the most enchanting sights of Assisi, ranging from the landmarks of Christianity, to amazing panoramic spots. If you are fond of photography and videomaking, this is an unmissable opportunity.
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Relaxing walking tour of Assisi

Relaxing walking tour of Assisi

Welcome to the city that allows everyone to experience their inner peace! Assisi is known for its admiration of the landscapes, hills, and olive trees that fulfill this town! Throughout this 2-hour walking tour, the historic city will display the rich art and tradition that it contains! The tour starts by heading to the main square of the city, the Piazza del Comune, which will show the view of one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy. Moving to the next site, the medieval castle of Rocca Maggiore will be observed. Then the tour continues to the famous Basilica of San Francesco, in which your guide will introduce you to the multifaceted figure of San Francesco. The arrival later will be at the Basilica of Santa Chiara, another important place of worship in the city of Assisi. The basilica houses a 12th century crucifix and was built to house the tomb of the Saint, founder of the Order of the Poor Clares and disciple of Saint Francis.
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Basilica of Saint Francis Group Tour with a local guide

Basilica of Saint Francis Group Tour with a local guide

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Take a group tour of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi and learn about its history and significance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most famous and important churches in Italy, filled with frescoes and paintings by famous artists. Enter the tomb of St. Francis, visit the friary cloister, and explore the upper church all built for one of the most revered saints in Christianity.
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