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Piazza del Comune, Assisi

Piazza del Comune, Assisi: Our most recommended tours and activities

Assisi: Walking Tour with St. Francis Basilica Visit

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

Excursion to Assisi with wine tasting - Departure from Rome

4. Excursion to Assisi with wine tasting - Departure from Rome

Experience the medieval charm of Assisi, surely Umbria's best-known tourist destination on this full-day tour from Rome. Your visit will focus on the city of Assisi, known as the city of saints, where a local guide will explain the history and legends. We will begin our walk with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built in 1569, one of the largest sanctuaries in the Christian world, we will continue with the Church of Santa Chiara, where St. Francis was born, the Basilica of San Francesco decorated internally with beautiful frescoes of the twelfth-fourteenth century, where the body of Saint Francis are preserved, the Piazza del Comune with the Palazzo del Popolo, the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva and the Palazzo Comunale. After dedicating time to our cultural visit, we will relax in the green and taste the flavors of a winery, where they will delight you with a taste of wines produced by them, accompanied by typical products of the Umbrian peasant land! At the end of the tasting, we will have free time in the city of Assisi, to finish discovering the wonders of this enchanting city.

Assisi: 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Assisi: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Admire the rich art and tradition of Assisi on a guided walking tour. Start your tour at the main square, the Piazza del Comune. See one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy: The Temple of Minerva, built in the Late Republic period of the 1st century BC. Walk among medieval government buildings and the remains of an ancient forum. Visit the medieval castle of Rocca Maggiore and then continue to the famous Basilica of San Francesco. Learn about the famous Saint Francis and his fascinating life from your guide. Go to the Basilica of Santa Chiara, another important place of worship in the city of Assisi, and see its 12th-century crucifix.

Assisi: Audio-guided tour of Assisi and Art Gallery

6. Assisi: Audio-guided tour of Assisi and Art Gallery

The Pinacoteca: The rooms on the main floor of Palazzo Vallemani, a splendid Baroque residence just a few steps from the Basilica of St. Francis, display works belonging to the Assisi Municipal Picture Gallery. The residence, with vaults frescoed in the early 17th century by Umbrian and Tuscan painters, houses evidence of the political, civic, as well as religious evolution of the city. Among the most valuable works in the collection it is worth mentioning the Madonna Enthroned with Child attributed to Giotto and coming from the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the works of Puccio Capanna Assisian painter among the most skilled, and certainly the most modern disciple of Giotto, the Virgin and Child, detached from the San Giacomo gate and attributed to the young Perugino. The Roman Forum: Assisi preserves numerous ancient relics, first and foremost the Forum, located below the present Piazza del Comune, dominated by the Roman Temple of Minerva (1st century B.C.). In addition to the rich archaeological collection, the remains of the Forum include the basement of the temple, a cistern, a podium with seats for magistrates, and a tetrastyle temple dedicated to Castor and Pollux. The Rocca Maggiore: Reachable from Via Porta Perlici, it probably stands on an ancient urban settlement from the 4th-3rd centuries B.C.E. and looms over the Asio hill overlooking the town of Assisi. The fortification has a trapezoidal shape with angular towers. Inside, the Maschio stands out, from the top of which there is an extraordinary view of the city and the valley, from Perugia to Spoleto.

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

7. 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: Historic Walking Tour

8. Assisi: Historic Walking Tour

Start your tour at the doorway to Assisi, the Porta San Francesco which is of ancient origins yet is well preserved till date. Located just below the Basilica, this medieval gate makes a good stop for you to take some pictures before you start to explore the town further. Next, you will Visit the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, a Roman catholic church where St. Francis was born and died. Some of Italy's finest artworks in the Gothic combined with Romanesque style can be found here. It has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2000. The Basilica is made up of two Churches which are “Basilica superiore”, the upper Church and the “Basilica inferiore”, the lower church. Visit the St. Peter's Church which dates back to 970 A.D. having a Romanesque facade which is designed in a rectangular shape and consists of three entries, the central one has two Lion sculptures crafted on each side. You will admire the interior which is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Walk through Piazza del Comune, the main square of Assisi which starts at the Corso Mazzini, the street which connects Piazza Santa Cliara to Piazza del Comune. Here, you will also get to see the fountain of the 3 lions dating back to the 16th Century. Some of the oldest buildings as well as shops and hotels are housed here. Get to see the Temple of Minerva which was built by the will of Gnaeus Caesius and Titus Caesius Priscus in the 1st Century BC. Dedicated to goddess Minerva, it is one of the well preserved examples of Roman architecture. The renowned German poet Goethe is said to have described it during his visit to Assisi in 1786. Next, you will visit the Assisi Cathedral dedicated to San Rufino, the first Bishop and patron Saint of Assisi who takes credit for converting Assisi towards Christianity and is said to have been martyred. The remains of the Saint were put to rest in a Roman sarcophagus now located under the main altar of the Cathedral of San Rufino. The feast day is celebrated on 11th August each year. Visit the Basilica of Saint Claire which is built containing the existing structure of the Church of San Giorgio. The construction of the Basilica began in 1257 under the famous architect Filippo Campello. It is dedicated to St. Clare of Assisi, one of the first followers of St. Francis of Assisi. The remains of St. Claire are kept in the Basilica after being transferred from the chapel of San Giorgio. Finish your tour at the south-eastern part of Assisi at the Porta Nuova which is one of the eight gates of Assisi and of historical significance.

E - Tuk family Assisi

9. E - Tuk family Assisi

Experience a unique emotion on board our brand new electric vehicle to admire the city's major monuments and its magnificent Sanctuaries: Basilica di Santa Chiara, Rocca Maggiore, Duomo di San Rufino, Piazza del Comune e Abbazia di San Pietro. An all-green way to visit the city along the lanes of Assisi to admire all the beauties of this very ancient city... Tour duration approximately 1h10 hours Driver and insurance are included Pick up & drop off on request: 10€ per person Tasting oil/wine on request for a fee

Assisi: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

10. 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. 

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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.

Michele was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He showed us some hidden gems of Assisi, and because the basilica was not allowing guidance inside (due to a holyday), he gave us a very clear explanation of how to walk through the cathedral and look for the main interesting spots. The tour was very charming and enriching.

We were very happy with the Assisi tour. Special credit goes to our guide who made us discover Assisi from the point of view of the life of Saint Francis. As he spoke it was clear that he himself was the bearer of the message of peace from the Patron Saint of Italy.

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.