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Assisi and St. Francis Private Tour with Driver from your Accommodation in Rome

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Santa Maria degli Angeli, IT
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Assisi and St. Francis Private Tour with Driver from your Accommodation in Rome

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Santa Maria degli Angeli, IT
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, on this private tour from Rome. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere as you visit the most significant basilicas, sacred monasteries, and lively squares in Assisi. Marvel at the grand Baroque basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis took his last breath. Explore the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis, adorned with stunning frescoes by renowned painters. Wander through the charming Piazza del Comune and visit the church of St. Mary Above Minerva. Step into the Gothic beauty of the Basilica of St. Clare and witness her preserved body in the crypt. End your journey at the sacred San Damiano convent and church, where St. Francis received his calling. This private tour offers an unforgettable experience in the beautiful region of Umbria.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Visit Basilica Santa Maria Degli Angeli, the place of St. Francis' death
  • Explore the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis with its stunning frescoes
  • Experience the charming Piazza del Comune and its historic church
  • See the preserved body of St. Clare in the Gothic Basilica di Santa Chiara
  • Visit the sacred San Damiano convent, where St. Francis received his calling
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Parking fees
  • Deluxe Mercedes Benz Vehicle
  • English Speaking Professional Driver
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees and Entry Tickets
  • Tour Guide / Walking Tour

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Introduction

Experience the charm and spirituality of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, on this captivating private tour from your accommodation in Rome. Known for its stunning basilicas, sacred monasteries, and vibrant squares, Assisi is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling through Italy.

What to expect?

During this 540-minute tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the most significant sites in Assisi. The journey begins with a visit to the Basilica Santa Maria Degli Angeli, where you can pay respects at the place of Saint Francis' death. Delve into the remarkable history and admire the two small structures, the Capella del Transito and the Porziuncola. Continue on to the Basilica of St. Francis, a masterpiece adorned with breathtaking frescoes by famous medieval painters. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere and take in the beauty that surrounds you. Next, visit the picturesque Piazza del Comune, where you can enjoy a bite to eat and visit the church of St. Mary Above Minerva. Explore the ancient Roman forum and discover the rich history of the area. Complete your journey with a visit to the Basilica of St. Clare, where you can marvel at her preserved body and see garments worn by both Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Finally, venture to the San Damiano convent and church, a sacred place where Saint Francis received his calling. Experience the simplicity and holiness of this site, which played a crucial role in the lives of both Saint Francis and Saint Clare.

Who is this for?

This private tour is perfect for individuals who seek a deep connection to spirituality and history. Whether you are a devout follower of Saint Francis or simply have an appreciation for art and culture, this tour will enchant and inspire you. All ages and backgrounds are welcome to join this journey of faith and discovery.

Why book this?

By booking this tour, you will embark on a unique and personal experience in the footsteps of Saint Francis. Unlike standard guided tours, this private tour provides the flexibility to explore at your own pace. Your English-speaking driver will be there to assist you throughout the journey, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Good to know

Please note that this tour does not include licensed tour guides or walking tours. Italian law prohibits drivers from accompanying guests on foot to sightsee away from the vehicle. However, your driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you explore on your own. This allows you the freedom to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Assisi.

Reviews

Previous travelers have praised the beauty and serenity of Assisi, expressing their joy and gratitude for the opportunity to visit such a significant place. Many have been deeply moved by the Basilica of St. Francis, captivated by the stunning frescoes and the sense of peace that permeates the air. The charm of Piazza del Comune and the rich history of the Basilica of St. Clare have also left a lasting impression on visitors. Overall, reviews indicate high levels of satisfaction and a desire for others to experience the magic of Assisi firsthand.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli

Just before arriving in Assisi, you will first visit Basilica Santa Maria Degli Angeli (located in the town by the same name, Santa Maria Degli Angeli), which is respected as the place of St. Francis' death. Inside the grand Baroque basilica are two small structures: the Capella del Transito and the Porziuncola. The Cappella del Transito is the small room in which St. Francis died on October 3, 1226. Above the small altar in a glass case is the rope belt of Saint Francis.

Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi

The Basilica of St. Francis consists of an upper level and a lower level, known as the Upper Basilica and the Lower Basilica. Both are decorated with many beautiful frescoes by late medieval painters including Cimabue, Giotto di Bondone, Simone Martini, and Pietro Lorenzetti. The basilica was begun immediately after St. Francis’ canonization in 1228.

Piazza del Comune

Piazza del Comune, the town's main square, built on the site of the Roman forum, is the ideal place to enjoy a bite but also visit the church of St Mary Above Minerva. It was built in the 1st Century BC, and when a female statue was discovered there, it was thought to be a temple of the pagan goddess Minerva. However, at a later date the discovery of a votive plaque to Hercules makes it more likely that the temple is dedicated to him. In 1539 the inner sanctum of the temple was transformed into the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, with further alterations added in the Baroque style during the 17th century.

Basilica di Santa Chiara

In the Basilica of St. Clare you can see her preserved body on display in a crypt, with a layer of wax covering her face. Nearby are garments worn by both Saint Francis and Saint Clare, and some locks of Saint Clare’s hair that Saint Francis cut off when she joined his ministry. This basilica is Gothic in style and was built between 1257 and 1260.

San Damiano

Just outside of Assisi, we will visit the San Damiano convent and church. This simple yet sacred place is where Saint Francis received his calling in 1205 and where Saint Clare died in 1253. After hearing a voice telling him to “Rebuild My Church”, Saint Francis reconstructed the little church with his own hands, having literally followed the message that he was given. Saint Clare founded the order of ‘Poor Clares’ here in 1212 and lived there most of her life.

Reviews

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5 (1)

sdkelley

Cesar, our driver was punctual for pick up at our Hotel in Rome and throughout the visit to Assisi. He advised us as to what we were going to visit and where to go. Even though we did not employ an licensed guide, Cesar information directed us to what we needed. We had a very nice lunch in Assisi, one that Cesar said was going to have the flavor of the Region, which it did. We arrived gback in Rome around 1730-1745, just in time to go to Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus, just a block away from our Hotel, Royal Santina, Best Western. Stefano Tours will be are first choice for Tours or Transfers on our next visit.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-18 10:06