Discover the city along the footsteps of Saint Francis
Our licensed guides will make you discover Assisi from one of the most important symbols of the city.
Start your journey at Basilica of Santa Chiara, where some relics of the Saint are preserved along with the Crucifix that had spoken to St. Francis.
Visit the Cathedral of San Rufino, with its marvelous façade carved in Romanesque style, which preserves the baptismal font in which St. Francis and St. Clare received the sacrament of Baptism.
Continue through the historic center, we will enter Piazza del Comune, visit the New Church, built where in ancient times was the birthplace of St. Francis and where he was locked up by his father who did not accept his decision to live in poverty. The nearby Oratory of San Francesco Piccolino used to be a stable and, according to legend, represents the exact place where St. Francis came into the world.
Conclude your tour at the Basilica of San Francesco, an architectural masterpiece that since 2000 is also recognized and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Admire the pictorial works of famous artists like Giotto, Cimabue, Lorenzetti and Simone Martini, inside the crypt, finally, you can visit the remains of the Saint.
St. Francis basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies or unforeseen circumstances.
Entry to the St. Francis Basilica is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors (low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts and hats are not allowed). Large bags, umbrellas and other items are not allowed.
Our pre-booked tickets will let you skip entrance line. Security checks however cannot be avoided.
No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered.
Entrance tickets to paid sites or museums are not included. Entry will never be obligatory and we will agree any visits involving entrance fees with you in advance
Audio guide to visit Saint Francis church is not included (cost: 3 euro per person).
A DRESS CODE is required to enter places of worship and selected museums.
No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
Meet our licensed guide in front Arco di Porta Nuova.
This Umbrian Romanesque church takes this name because it contains the remains of bishop Rufinus of Assisi, martyred in the 3rd century. But It is well known to be the church where Saint Francis and Saint Clare were baptized.
It is dedicated to and contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, known today as the Order of Saint Clare. Listen to her incredible story of austerity, seclusion from the world and poverty.
Oratorio di San Francesco piccolino
Follow St Francis history and discover the place where it is said that Donna Pica gave birth to the famous Saint. Find out why his history is similar to the one of Jesus himself.
Called Chiesa Nuova, "new church", because it is the last church to be built in Assisi, it is known to be the place where Francis decided to answer the divine call and to renounce worldly goods.
Tempio della Minerva
The portico of the Temple of Minerva dates from the first century BC and was converted into the church of Santa Maria della Minerva in 1539. It was renovated in the Baroque style, but the façade is still the original Roman columns and architrave. A fresco of Giotto's in the Basilica of St. Francis shows the building with bars on the windows, leading historians to believe that it was used as a jail in medieval times.
Piazza del Comune
Piazza del Comune, the town's main square, was the forum in Roman time in which commercial, religious, economic, political, legal, and social activities occurred. The piazza is still at the heart of local life, and you'll find shops and places to eat in the streets surrounding it.
Basilica di San Francesco
The impressive basilica built over the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century is one of Italy's - and the world's - most important pilgrimage destinations. It is decorated with beautiful frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries, with remarkable scenes from the life of St. Francis by Giotto and Simone Martini. The use of the audio guide during the visit is compulsory and not included in the price. The tour ends here.
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