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Assisi: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour and St. Francis Basilica

1. Assisi: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour and St. Francis Basilica

Explore the birthplace of St. Francis on this private guided walking tour of the historic city, and learn more about one of Italy’s most famous patron saints. Explore the oldest part of the city to admire Roman ruins that have been perfectly integrated into medieval houses, and are still lived in by locals. Go to Assisi Cathedral, dedicated to Rufinus of Assisi, and see the ancient stratifications of the church where Francis was baptized. Then, go to the Basilica of Saint Francis, the sumptuously decorated 13th-century double church built in his honor. Take an interactive and immersive guided tour of the church and the life of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order, which will be anything but dry and dusty.

Assisi: 3-Hour Guided City Walk

2. Assisi: 3-Hour Guided City Walk

After meeting in the city's main square, you will be welcome to purchase a cup of coffe before heading out for your city walk. Throughout the city walk you will have a professional photo session in various unique places throughout Assisi, with your guide creating a personal photo album for you. Starting from the main square, your guide to tell you the stories that founded the square and the buildings that compose it, such as the ancient temple of Minerva, the Town Hall, and the frescoes. Once finished with the city center your group will decide together where to go and what to do based on your collective interests. Your choices will be the Basilica of St. Francis and the Church of St. Clare, the medieval structures and medieval lifestyles of various structures in the city and La Roca Castle, wonderful views of the city and panoramic views hidden in various alleys throughout the city, and unique off-the-map places in the city.

Assisi: Walking Tour with Basilica of Saint Francis Ticket

3. Assisi: Walking Tour with Basilica of Saint Francis Ticket

Explore the rich culture and history of Assisi, the birthplace of one of Italy's most famous patron saints, Saint Francis, on a guided walking tour. Along your way, marvel at long-standing Roman ruins and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi up close. Walk through the town's oldest quarters, marveling at the ruins of the Roman amphitheater that still stand strong today. These ruins are perfectly integrated between the medieval houses that are still inhabited by locals today. Then, admire the city from a different vantage point from the medieval Rocca Maggiore. Afterwards, stroll through the town to visit the Cathedral of San Rufino. Here, learn about Saint Francis' baptismal in the cathedral and take your time walking under its impressive and historic arches. Next, see the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the Piazza del Comune, which is the main square of the city. Here you can admire the Temple of Minerva, one of the best preserved Roman temples in Italy, surrounded by some impressive medieval government buildings. Finally, walk through the splendid Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi with your guide. Perched atop a hill overlooking the surrounding landscape, the basilica's many archways, open squares, and stunning 13th and 14th-century frescoes will stay imprinted in your mind.

Assisi: St. Francis Basilica Smartphone Audio Guide

4. Assisi: St. Francis Basilica Smartphone Audio Guide

Download an informative audio guide to explore Assisi’s most famous site. Discover everything about the Upper and Lower Basilica, the House of the Tomb, as well as the crypt of St. Francis. Learn all about the masterpieces contained within including pieces by Cimabue and Giotto, and frescoes by Giotto. Learn fascinating stories about the façade of the upper Basilica, with its large portal with double doors and a large rose window framed with symbols of the evangelists that dominate Assisi’s skyline. Interestingly, this façade does not rest on the walls of the lower Basilica and did not suffer any damage as a result of the 1997 earthquake which caused extensive damage inside, destroying artworks by Giotto and Cimabue which have to date been only partially, albeit masterfully, restored. With this audioguide, you will discover the most fascinating masterpieces Cimabue, Giotto, Pietro Cavallini, Jacopo Torriti were involved with and at a later time also the Sienese painter Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti. Once inside, you will be able to see frescoes by Giotto, considered to be one of the most important painters of the Middle Ages and the inventor of perspective. Please note that the Basilica is free to visit. This experience isn't a ticket entrance, but a digital audio guide so you can learn and appreciate all the masterpieces inside one of the most magnificent Churches in the world.

Historical Umbria: on the Romans' footsteps

5. Historical Umbria: on the Romans' footsteps

Starting from Florence, you will be driven to one of the greenest and most unknown Italian regions, Umbria, during this full-day, semi-private tour. The first step is the visit to the heart of Saint Francis order, the Benedictine, Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage. Here you will visit the Basilica, then explore every corner of the city through a walking tour. Afterwards, you will be driven through the countryside to Todi, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a typical Umbrian lunch, accompanied by a breathtaking view of the valley. Before returning to Florence, you will visit the Roman outpost, Orvieto, with its preserved, original Roman walls, as well as the Arch of Drusus, the Roman House, and the Roman Theatre.

Assisi & Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

6. Assisi & Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

Escape Italy's busy capital for one day on this trip to Assisi and the Umbrian hill town Orvieto. On this tour, you will unveil the religious architecture of Umbria (such as the famous Cathedral of Orvieto) and discover the wines and local products of Tuscany. Leaving Rome in a northerly direction and driving along the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto as your first stop, a small town of Etruscan origins where you will stop to admire the magnificent 14th century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. The tour continues through the green Tuscan Hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. This is the land of some of Italy’s best known D.O.C. (quality controlled) wines, which include Orvieto, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcin. You will then have a further stop, where you will taste some local wines and other typical Umbrian and Tuscan products. Afterwards, enjoy lunch, consisting of traditional local dishes. In the early afternoon you will continue your journey and drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno. Finally, reach Assisi, which is located at the foot of Mount Subasio. Assisi is famous for being St. Francis' birthplace. You will see the Church of St. Claire*, St Francis’ birthplace and his childhood home, the Townhall Square. Around the Townhall Square, you will see the People’s Palace and the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva. One highlight of the tour will be the visit of St Francis’ Basilica, located close to the ancient city walls, with its magnificent frescoes painted between the 12th and 14th centuries. Leaving Assisi, stop at the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis died in 1226. You will reach Rome around 19:30/20:00, where you will be dropped-off in the vicinity of your hotel.

Guided Tour Assisi: with Saint Francis Basilica

7. Guided Tour Assisi: with Saint Francis Basilica

It's not all about St Francis on this guided tour on foot. Assisi is the most popular town of central Italy, where pilgrims and tourists arrive every year from all over the world. Realize that Assisi is an amazing site with an ancient history that goes far beyond Saint Francis, however. The tour stars from the main square Piazza del Comune and continues to Chiesa Nuova, St. Clare Basilica, and St. Rufino, which is the cathedral of Assisi. During this tour you will discover that Assisi was a shrine town many centuries before St. Francis. The tour will continue to St. Francis Basilica, a massive, 2-level church, consecrated in 1253. Admire the 13th-century frescoes inside, portraying the life of St. Francis. These frescoes have been attributed to such artists as Giotto and Cimabue. Tours are bilingual and conducted in Italian and English.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

8. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

9. Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

The mystic town of Saint Francis, surrounded by its ancient walls, was built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio and with its colorful houses of stone, narrow streets, flowering balconies and noble palaces provide beautiful views for memorable pictures (do not forget your camera). An interesting visit to St. Francis Basilica, with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Then the tour continues to Orvieto, where you can admire a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures. Soak up Orvieto’s charm and admire the countless churches that are scattered around its center. Back to Rome, drop off at your hotel.

Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

10. Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis Tour

You will start your visit from the lower floor by entering the tomb of Saint Francis and then you will keep exploring the church in the altar area where the frescoes about the life of Jesus are located. See the friary cloister. The upper church at the end will make you know the life of Saint Francis through the famous cycle of paintings decorating the church’s side walls. The Basilica of Saint Francis is a bilevel 13th century building which preserves the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved saints in the world. This grandiose gorgeously embellished church also preserves frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and other well-known medieval painters of Italy. Indeed, it is one of the most focal points of both art and spirituality. This church is a powerful place for believers and art lovers alike.

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What people are saying about Assisi

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4.8 / 5

based on 287 reviews

Katherine and Federica were an excellent tour guide. It was just the my grandma and I, the transportation was a leather seat van, very comfortable. Katherine was very attentive and patient, informative and professional. I highly recommend this tour if you don’t like a big group of people in your tour.

What a wonderful day we had! Paola and Gianlucca were so friendly and informative. Gianlucca was a great driver and met all of our needs. Paola was able to tell us so much history. Andres was a very knowledgeable tour guide in Assisi. I highly recommend this tour.

Juliana and Roberto were great. Juliano was extremely conversant and knowledgeable concerning our tour sites. We would not hesitate to book another tour.

We were accompanied by Sara. Two hours flown, between history and anoddoti. We also had 4 children who followed all the explanation.

This was such a wonderful way to explore the city, learn it’s history, and gain a local perspective