Tours / The city of Assisi and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

Welcome to the beautiful city of Assisi!

During our one-hour walking tour you will learn from our guide many anecdotes about the figure of San Francesco. Lived roughly between 1100 and 1200 AD, today he is one of the most revered saints in the world.
St. Francis was not only a religious figure but also a poet, also known as "the Poverello of Assisi" for his choice to give up all material goods leading a simple and minimal life.
To better understand the figure of San Francesco, a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels perched on Mount Subasio is a must. It is the small chapel where Francis and his first companions founded the Franciscan community, as well as the place of death of Saint Francis.
The church was most likely built in the 4th century and then passed under the ownership of the Benedictine monks and takes its name from the area called "Portiuncula", which in fact indicates the small portion of land on which it stood. Here the Poverello had the opportunity to understand his vocation by reading the passages of the Gospel.
From the Benedictines, Francis obtained the place and the church as a gift to make it the center of the new Fraternity.
A legend tells that in this church, on Palm Sunday of 1211 or 1212, Francis cut the hair of Santa Chiara as a sign of consecration of the whole life to the Lord. Others then joined her, giving rise to the Order of the Poor Ladies, later called Clarisse.
In this place, according to some sources, in 1216 Francis was tempted and, overcome by the temptation after having rolled naked in the rose garden, the Virgin Mary and his son Jesus Christ appeared to him in vision, to give him the Indulgence of the Porziuncola or "Forgiveness of Assisi ".

Today the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola is recognized as the Papal Basilica, while the Porziuncola Convent is the Shrine and Mother House of the Order, seat of the Provincial Curia, the Historical Archive, the Provincial Library, the Theological Seminary and the Infirmary Provincial.


Available days: Every day

Bookable Starting Time: From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Duration: 1 hours

Available Languages:

All, on reservation

Adult rate: The rate of the tour depends on the number of people. CALCULATE YOUR OWN RATE!

Child rate: Children free until 17 years old (accompanied by an adult)

Meeting Point: Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli di Assisi, Piazza Porziuncola, PG, Italia