Basilica of Saint Clare, Assisi

Basilica of Saint Clare, Assisi: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Florence: Orvieto and Assisi Tour with Church Visits

1. From Florence: Orvieto and Assisi Tour with Church Visits

Let’s head to the heart of Umbria and explore the medieval town of Orvieto and the city of Assisi, which lies at the foot of Mount Subasio. Orvieto rises on a tuff cliff and perfectly combines history, art and natural beauties. Marvel at the grandeur of the gothic architecture of the Duomo, whose facade is enriched by precious mosaics and sculptures that will take you to another world. Don’t miss the chance to visit also the inside of the church, with its colorful stained-glass windows and one the most famous frescoes of Luca Signorelli (please, note that the entrance ticket to the Duomo is not included in the price of the tour). Another major attraction of Orvieto is Saint Patrick’s well: a true engineering masterpiece designed to provide a reliable water supply during sieges. Access the depths of the well with the two helical ramps and find yourselves right into another dimension (please, note the entrance tickets to the well are not included in the price of the tour). Get lost among the narrow alleys, explore the local squares and enjoy the typical medieval architecture of the buildings. Don’t forget to browse around the numerous artisans’ workshops: take the chance to bring home a unique artifact to remember forever the time spent in Orvieto. After some free time, you will get back on our fully-fitted GT Coach and head to Assisi: one of Umbria’s most fascinating borgo. Assisi is the city of the Saints: Saint Francis and Saint Clare. It lies on top of a hill, once called Hill of Hell, “Colle dell’Inferno”, since it used to be the burial site of those who were condemned to death. They then changed its name to Hill of Paradise once they set the first stone of the Basilica of Saint Francis. An expert local guide will lead you through the secrets of the city while you walk through its steep winding alleys. You will then enter the famous Basilica of Saint Francis, home to some of the best preserved frescoes painted by Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Cimabue. You will then enter also the Basilica of Saint Clare, one of the first followers of Saint Francis and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to go shopping in the local small stores or to just chill in the main square, sipping a good coffee. The last stop of the trip before eventually going back to Florence will be the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels: a majestic church built on top of the Porziuncola, a smaller church where the Franciscan movement originally started.

Assisi: Walking Tour with St. Francis Basilica Visit

2. Assisi: Walking Tour with St. Francis Basilica Visit

Explore Assisi on a walking tour with a guide who will tell you about the history, art, and local traditions of one of the most famous hill towns of Italy. Meet your guide and head to the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater, which was later put to use in the Middle Ages as a quarry for stone to build local houses. See how the amphitheater later was turned into a private neighborhood. From this vantage point, the view of the Rocca Maggiore medieval castle is one of the best in the city. Continuing along narrow alleys and through medieval squares you’ll reach the Cathedral of Saint Rufino Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Claire, and Piazza del Comune, the main city square. At the square you’ll see the Minerva temple, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy. It is surrounded by imposing medieval government buildings. The tour then continues on to the Saint Francis Basilica, which is well known for its 13th and 14th-century frescoes created by Italian masters of the time, including Giotto.

Assisi: Private Walking Tour with St. Francis Basilica

3. Assisi: Private Walking Tour with 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: The life of Saint Francis by Tuk Tuk

4. Assisi: The life of Saint Francis by Tuk Tuk

Amazing Tour with our Local Expert and tuk tuk departs from Asisium Travel Agency or from your hotel in Assisi. First stop: Chiesa Nuova (St. Francis's Home) and Parents Statue and Main Square Piazza del Comune with Minerva's temple. Visit to Piazza Matteotti (Roman Amphitheater) and Cathedral of San Rufino (Saint Rufinus), where St. Francis was baptized. Piazza del Vescovado (Bishop’s Palace) Sanctuary of the Stripping. St. Damian and the crucifix. Rivotorto Sacro Tugurio (Sacred Shrine of Rivotorto), Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels – the Porziuncola, where St. Francis died. End of tour at the Basilica of St. Francis, his burial place. Due to technical problems, if you want to book the tour for 3 people please contact the Asisium Travel Agency by email or by phone

Best tour of Assisi: 3-hours private tour including Basilica

5. Best tour of Assisi: 3-hours private tour including Basilica

Our tour begins at St. Rufino Cathedral. The church is one of the most important churches in Assisi and was the most important before St. Francis was built. As we meander through the medieval streets, you'll be captivated by the charming ambiance and narrow alleyways that lead to hidden gems around every corner. The tour continues to the Basilica of Santa Chiara, dedicated to Saint Clare. Admire the simplicity and elegance of the basilica's façade before entering to discover its ethereal interior. Stroll through the charming Piazza del Comune, the bustling heart of Assisi. This lively square is home to the Roman Temple of Minerva, an ancient marvel that stands as a testament to Assisi's rich Roman history. The walk continues to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore where you can visit the place where the body of Blessed Carlo Acutis is preserved. To conclude the tour, the heart of the town, the Basilica of Saint Francis, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of Italy's most revered religious landmarks. This magnificent basilica houses the tomb of Saint Francis, the beloved patron saint of animals and the environment. Marvel at the awe-inspiring frescoes by renowned artists such as Giotto, Cimabue, and Simone Martini, which adorn the walls of the basilica. Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guides will provide historical insights and captivating anecdotes, allowing you to fully appreciate the rich heritage of Assisi. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere, revel in the natural beauty, and experience the cultural tapestry that makes Assisi a truly remarkable destination.

Assisi Private Exploration: Historic Basilicas & City Stroll

6. Assisi Private Exploration: Historic Basilicas & City Stroll

Embark on a captivating journey through Assisi, a town steeped in rich history and spirituality, on this private walking tour. With each step on its ancient cobblestones, you’ll be transported to tales of saints and legends. Guided by a local expert, you’ll discover Assisi’s profound narratives woven into its architectural wonders. Marvel at the Basilica di Santa Chiara, a tribute to St. Clare’s undying faith, and experience the serene ambiance of the Chiesa Nuova di San Francesco Convertito, echoing stories of St. Francis’ beginnings. But Assisi holds more treasures beyond these. As your guide illuminates hidden gems and lesser-known tales, you’ll uncover layers of this town’s legacy. Dive deep into Assisi’s spiritual tapestry, uncovering more sites that have shaped its illustrious past. Conclude your tour with a newfound reverence for this timeless sanctuary. Join us, and let Assisi’s soul envelop you.

Assisi: The Life of Saint Clare Tour by Tuk Tuk

7. Assisi: The Life of Saint Clare Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore Assisi's cathedrals on a guided tour in a tuk-tuk focused on the life of St. Clare. Visit the Basilica of St. Clare, San Damiano, and more with a local guide. Begin the tour at the Cathedral of San Rufino (Saint Rufinus), where St. Clare was born and baptized in 1193-94. Then, continue to the baptismal font and St. Clare’s house. Afterward, head to the Porziuncola (or small Catholic church of Saint Mary of the Angels), where St. Clare received her investiture, before moving on to the Park of Mount Subasio to visit Sant’Angelo in Panzo. Due to technical problems, if you want to book the tour for 3 people please contact the Asisium Travel Agency by email or by phone at 0039 3479930901 or 0039 075813074 Next, discover San Damiano, where St. Clare lived for 42 years and died on August 11, 1253. End the tour at the Basilica of St. Clare, where the saint is buried. As an added bonus during the tour, visit the places where Saint Francis lived in the historic center of Assisi, as well as outside its walls.

Assisi: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

8. Assisi: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

After meeting your guide at 10:30 AM, you will visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, which is world-famous for its 13th-14th century frescoes by the best painters of Italy at that time. Among those, the most famous is Giotto. From there, you will head to the main city square, Piazza del Comune. At the square, you will see one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy — Minerva's temple — which is surrounded by imposing medieval government buildings.  You will then head down to the old Roman ruins of the local amphitheater, which was reused in the Middle Ages as a quarry for stones to build local houses. You will see how the amphitheater was turned into a private neighborhood. From there, the view toward the Rocca Maggiore medieval castle is one of the best in the city. Through narrow alleys and medieval squares you will reach Saint Rufino’s Cathedral and Saint Claire's Basilica.  After free time for lunch, in the afternoon you will explore Sanctuaries and Franciscan Sites outside Assisi by driver and guide.  Your tour will start with the visit of Eremo Delle Carceri. “Carceri” is a metaphoric name given to this place which is nowadays an impressive old Franciscan friary built in the 15th C. on the mountain slopes. It incorporates the grottoes that were used by Saint Francis as a retreat. From there, you will also enjoy one of the most stunning views over the Umbrian Valley below.  After the hermitage you will be taken to the sanctuary of Saint Damiano, which is the place of Saint Francis' vocation. It is here, that the vision of the crucifix advising Francis to fix his church is said to have taken place. It was the starting point of Francis' new experience as a friar in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.  The last part of your tour will take you to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, which protects the tiny Porziuncola under its gigantic dome. This is the very small chapel where Francis and his first companions founded the Franciscan community, and also the place where Saint Francis passed away. 

Assisi by driver and guide. Panoramic and Historical tour

9. Assisi by driver and guide. Panoramic and Historical tour

The tour starts at the St. Francis Basilica, one of the most important religious sites in Italy. Explore the breathtaking Upper Basilica, adorned with stunning frescoes by Giotto and other Renaissance artists, which tell the life story of St. Francis. As you descend to the Lower Basilica, take in the serene atmosphere and pay your respects at the tomb of St. Francis himself. After the Basilica tour, transfer by car to the main square to visit the city center with the Temple of Minerva, a testament to Assisi's ancient Roman heritage. By little walk you will reach the St. Clare Basilica This basilica is an architectural masterpiece with its rose window and a stunning 13th-century crucifix. From there ransfer by car with driver to the Major fortress to admire a beautiful view and take beautiful photos. Explore the battlements and towers of this well-preserved castle, which has played a significant role in Assisi's history. The views from the top are breathtaking and provide a perfect vantage point to appreciate the town's beauty. Our final stop is the St. Rufino Cathedral, a Romanesque gem that boasts a history dating back to the 12th century. The cathedral's simplicity and reverence provide a peaceful end to our tour.

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What people are saying about Basilica of Saint Clare, Assisi

Our guide Isabella was excellent. Not only did she take us to all the ‘must see’ places, she took us through the quiet streets of Assisi away from the crowds. We were able to see where the locals lived and she took us into Nun Hotel which was built on top of roman ruins. Her knowledge of the history of the area was exemplary and she was very easy to communicate with. She had a lovely sense of humour and we were pleased we had booked this tour. Having a guide to show you around to explain what you were seeing was a much better plan than visiting on our own. And by purchasing the audio tour we bypassed the big queues of people waiting to go into the church. Thoroughly recommend both the tour and the guide.

Alisandra drew upon her upbringing in Assisi, her lifelong admiration of St. Francis as well as the years she has devoted to the study of art, theology, politics and Italian History to bring Francis of Assisi to life by providing essential background information along with a comprehensive portrait of his personal life. Thank you.

My clients found the tour to be wonderful and the guide was very engaging. Perfect experience, thank you:)

It was a fantastic trip. We explored amazing places and got a great history lesson. We strongly recommend.

Very informative!!! Very well looked after by Roberto and Sandro!!!