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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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Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
$46.52 per adult
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Inspirational visit
Very memorable location. Local guide was very helpful and responsive to all the questions asked of him.
Randy_G, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Assisi

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Great Assisi Tour
Kathia_S, Jul 2022
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Our guide was very knowledgeable and flexible. It rained very hard on us and she made sure we went to protected and were able to get the information of the tour.
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In the footsteps of St. Francis.
Lisa_F, Jul 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
This tour was fascinating and expertly led. Weaving through the town of Assisi and discovering the rich history if its past was terrific and fun. The finale at the Basilica was incredible. Pro Tip - Bring water and a hat for shade. Highly recommend the tour and consider it appropriate for all ages.
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Lovely and Fun Tour for Our Family of Four
VALERIE_A, Jul 2022
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
I'm so glad we booked this Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica. We saw so much more than we ever could have done on our own and our guide was excellent in helping us manage the time we had with the history we were most interested in. Her knowledge of Assisi and St. Francis was amazing, she was lovely and fun. Highly recommend!
star-5
Excellent experience!
Susannah_D, Jul 2022
St. Francis Basilica of Assisi and City Walking Tour
Giovanni was our guide and he was exceptional, knowledgeable and very engaging. He was patient with all of our questions and thoughtful in his response.
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The Beauty of Assisi
Joseph_V, Jul 2022
St. Francis Basilica of Assisi and City Walking Tour
Our tour was excellent and Andrea did an exceptional job explaining the history and life of St Francis and all the key places in this beautiful town. Strongly recommend it.
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Family of 4
Lane_L, Jun 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Took the walking tour through the city to several sites w Andres. He was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and spoke very well. We enjoy local tour guides, which he was. If he didn’t know the answer to a question, which was very rare, he was honest and tell you he didn’t know the answer, which I appreciate. My wife and 2 older sons really enjoyed him and the tour.
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Great Walking Tour of Assisi
Elizabeth_S, Jun 2022
Assisi, City Highlights and St. Francis Basilica - small group tour
Great tour leader. Very knowledgeable and took us all over Assisi. We learned so much! We would definitely recommend this tour!
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Wonderful tour
Eugene_T, Jul 2022
Assisi Private Walking Tour including St. Francis Basilica
Our guide Patricia was fantastic. She was so informative and we truly learned and enjoyed the knowledge she shared with us.
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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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A must see in Assisi.
Richard_B, Jun 2022
St. Francis Basilica of Assisi and City Walking Tour
Saint Francis cathedral was breathtaking.We finished the tour there.The tour of the city and the history it brings is also worth mentioning.Andrea really did a fine job as our guide.
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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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Excellent
Carolyn_M, Jun 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Our Guide was very pleasant and informative. He took time to explain everything, very patient xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi) ?
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What else should I know about attractions in Assisi?
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