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Assisi: Walking Tour with St. Francis Basilica Visit

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

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: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Assisi: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Your journey will stretch along Assisi Old Town. The local guide will make you plunge into Assisi's history by following the steps of personages who made the town famous worldwide: Saint Francis and Saint Clare along with other great personages of history, left marks that all still clearly visible today. Discover how Roman remains blend perfectly with Medieval architectures, as it happens with the facade of the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Sense the powerful sacred aura Assisi is enveloped in, thanks to an intriguing narration.

Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

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.

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

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 by driver and guide. Panoramic and Historical tour

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.

Assisi: 2-Hour Walking Tour

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: Historic Walking Tour

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 Private Exploration: Historic Basilicas & City Stroll

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: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

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. 

Temple of Minerva: Our most recommended tours and activities

Assisi: Walking Tour with St. Francis Basilica Visit

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

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: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Assisi: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Your journey will stretch along Assisi Old Town. The local guide will make you plunge into Assisi's history by following the steps of personages who made the town famous worldwide: Saint Francis and Saint Clare along with other great personages of history, left marks that all still clearly visible today. Discover how Roman remains blend perfectly with Medieval architectures, as it happens with the facade of the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Sense the powerful sacred aura Assisi is enveloped in, thanks to an intriguing narration.

Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

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.

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

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 by driver and guide. Panoramic and Historical tour

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.

Assisi: 2-Hour Walking Tour

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: Historic Walking Tour

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 Private Exploration: Historic Basilicas & City Stroll

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: Full-Day Tour Including St. Francis Basilica

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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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.

Our guide Michele Tomassoni was outstanding. His knowledge and understanding of Assisi was fantastic. We learnt so much about St Francis and St Clare and about Assisi from Michele. We would highly recommend Michele as a guide. He even gave us suggestions for taking a taxi to the Hermitage and San Diamiano and then organized a taxi for us, where we spent a wonderful afternoon. Thank you Michele Cheryl & Stephen

Excellent walking tour of Assisi! Our guide was very knowledgeable on all aspects of Assisi. If you go to Assisi, I recommend taking this tour

Excellent interesting tour with great knowledgable guide. Perfect English! Absolutely recommendable!

Begogna (hope I am spelling her name right) was so knowledgeable and kind. Awesome experience!!!