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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

Assisi Audioguide - TravelMate app for your smartphone

4. Assisi Audioguide - TravelMate app for your smartphone

You will feel like you have a tourist guide at your side who will tell you the history, points of interest and curiosities of the city. The audio contents are professionally created by a group of high-level authors and interpreted by professionals from the television and radio fields. The audioguide includes 24 audio content for a total of 76 minutes. These are the points of interest: Introduction The Wonders of local cuisine Abbey Of San Pietro Basilica Of San Francesco Basilica Of Santa Chiara Cathedral Of San Rufino House Where Saint Francis Was Born Piazza Del Comune Rocca Saint Francis Santa Maria Degli Angeli In Porziuncola.

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: Historic Walking Tour

6. 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.

Assisi: Crypt of San Rufino and Roman Forum Underground Tour

7. Assisi: Crypt of San Rufino and Roman Forum Underground Tour

Assisi, the city of St. Francis, as well as having a religious soul is also a place with a fascinating history waiting to be discovered. Together with an official Assisi guide, you can explore the basement of the city's cathedral and the archaeological museum for a tour of the remains of the town's ancient Roman forum and some valuable archaeological artifacts kept inside. The sites included in the Assisi underground itinerary are the Diocesan Museum with the crypt of San Rufino and the Roman forum with the archaeological museum. The Diocesan museum and the crypt of San Rufino. The evocative basement of the palace houses the remains of a Romanesque cloister and the crypt of the "Basilica ugoniana" (11th century), decorated with very rare coeval frescoes and a Roman sarcophagus with the myth of Selene and Endymion that housed the coffin of the patron saint Rufinus. The museum preserves interesting and valuable artwork from the cathedral, enhancing its historical and religious significance. Completing the site visit are the Cloister and Crypt of St. Rufinus, both from the 11th century. The crypt, an evocative environment located under the nave of the cathedral, is one of the places where Francis used to retire in prayer when he preached in the cathedral. Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum Under the present-day Town Hall Square, dominated by the Roman Temple of Minerva, the ancient Roman Forum can be visited, which was found during excavations in 1836. The remains of the Forum include the base of the temple with access gates to a monumental cistern, a podium with seats for magistrates and a small temple dedicated to Castor and Pollux.

Assisi: The Life of Saint Clare Tour by Tuk Tuk

8. 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: Night Tour by Vintage Tuk Tuk

9. Assisi: Night Tour by Vintage Tuk Tuk

Enjoy a night panoramic guided tour along the winding streets aboard an Ape Calessino tuk-tuk, following San Francesco and Santa Chiara’s footsteps; discover the historical and artistic treasures of this medieval town by night. The tour departs from the historical town center or you can enjoy a free pick-up from your centrally located hotel aboard a vintage Ape Calessino tuk-tuk. The driver will show you the lights of Assisi with its monuments; St Clare Basilica, the roman and medieval main square "Piazza del Comune", San Rufino cathedral, the medieval Rocca Maggiore with a superb view overlooking the valley and the majestic Saint Francis Basilica.  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

Assisi on the footsteps of St. Francis and Carlo Acutis

10. Assisi on the footsteps of St. Francis and Carlo Acutis

A tour to discover two important Assisi figures. St. Francis and Blessed Charles Acutis. The guided tour starts from the Basilica of San Rufino where the heart of Carlo Acutis is kept. An important stop to begin learning about the story of God's boy. After this stop you will go to the Sanctuary of the Spoliation where the body of Blessed Charles Acutis is kept. During this tour you will also explore the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis, an imposing and world-famous church dedicated to the saint of Assisi. You will visit the upper and lower church with special attention to the frescoes found in the upper church.

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...a wonderful visit to Assisi. lots of wind but with a beautiful sun that warmed the soul... our guide Marika was excellent: prepared, attentive, she told us about Assisi and Francesco with so much passion that it touched our hearts. Truly a pleasant experience! Thank you

I learned a lot about Assisi in just over two hours! Our guide, Alessandra, was the BEST I’ve had in my over 3 weeks in Italy (and the others were good, too). She made it so interesting!! There were only 4 of us tourists in the group, and it was perfect.

Our tour guide Emanulea was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Assisi . Her knowledge on the paintings within the church was unbelievable. Would highly recommend this trip .

Very interesting, prepared and smiling guide. It would be nice to add a visit to the prison hermitage even if we understand that the distance is important.

Excellent, a very well done audio guide. Essential, fast. Useful not to miss details you wouldn't have noticed. I am satisfied