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

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

Piazza Inferiore di S. Francesco, 2, Assisi, 06081

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.

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Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit

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Assisi Walk with Francesca as Guide
An absolutely perfect way to begin one's time in Assisi, and with a guide so well informed about the Roman history, the Italian culture and art masters, the religious inspiration of esch place, and most especially the life and times of St Francis and St Clare. Francesca possessed everything one could hope for in a guide, and was so joyful in her presentation and warm and generous in her personality.
Connector150778, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Assisi

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We had a lovely day...
Joseph_D, Oct 2021
Assisi Full day tour including St Francis Basilica and Porziuncola
We had a lovely day visiting sites associated with St Francis and St Clair. Our guide was very knowledgeable, patient and kind. I highly recommend this tour
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Fun! Informative!
Sandra_N, Sep 2021
Assisi, City Highlights and St. Francis Basilica - small group tour
Our tour guide was awesome! He was very professional. Showed up on time. I really enjoyed his perspective on the life of St. Francis.
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Assisi is a beautiful city with...
Shelley G, Jul 2017
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Assisi is a beautiful city with Narrow cobblestone streets, very clean, small shops and restaurants, olive trees line the hills of the city. The best part of the tour is Saint Frances life, conversion to Christ center life of humble principles. Miguel our guide is very knowledgeable of the history
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Excellent private tour and devotion
aileenargenio, Oct 2019
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
We had an amazing time with Francesca. We started the tour at the Basilica and she explained the life and miracles of St Francis so well which made the tour unforgettable. She also brought us to St Clare and helped us find and be seated at a nearby restaurant. Having tired seniors from our Group, Francesca gave us her utmost patience and understanding. Well done Francesca, thank you for making our Assisi visit a memorable one.
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Delightful and passionate stories by Alessandra!
lynnr1465, Aug 2019
Assisi Full day tour including St Francis Basilica and Porziuncola
Our tour guide provided a lively and passionate tour filled with history, legends, and genuine passion for the subject matter...Francis and Clare.
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Fantastic Guide
connor02, Jun 2018
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Our guide Michele was fantastic. He was thorough in is explanations and spent extra time on the things we were most interested in. It was just the two of us so basically a private tour.
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Perfect and great tour!
Renata_veloso, Nov 2018
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
We have great time guided by Alessandra in Assissi! Certainly, Alessandra made the diference! Her Knowledge and simpathy are unique! She gave us many suggestions including de Frantorio Oleario Brunozzi tha was incredible! I strongly recomend this tour!
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Private your is the way to go!
Rebeca C, Oct 2019
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Katia, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, witty, and compassionate. My mother walks with a cane and she was accommodating to her. The tour was amazing! We will return!
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Assisi Private WalkingTour
Fearless722667, Oct 2019
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Excellent! Alessandra was knowledgeable and provided an excellent tour. This was the tour that I learned so much more than ever before. She was from the area and able to provide some very important facts and well as make it fun...A must!
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Walking tour in Assisi.
betsys86, Oct 2019
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Michel was the Best guide for our walking tour & we really enjoyed him. He is very pleasant, patient, knowledgeable & knows his history. He is very flexible - it was exactly the kind of tour we wanted. I recommend him for your guide!
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Amazing!!
LCRJCR, Mar 2019
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Alessandra was amazing!! This was such a beautiful tour of a gorgeous city!! I would highly recommend this tour 100% You will not be disappointed!
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Private Tour of Assisi
Vincent-digiorgi, Sep 2019
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Francesca met us at the door of the basilica with a friendly greeting and it only got better afterwards. She directed us to interesting and beautiful sights and filled in with insights that were thought-provoking as well as historical. The Basilica and later the whole town came alive due to her narrative.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 asThe Legend of St. Francis, the panels includeSt. 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.

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