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Basilica di San Francesco

Piazza San Francesco, 2, 06081 Assisi, Italy
(+39) 075.8190084
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Ranked #1 of 44 Attractions in Assisi
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Activities: Walking
Description: This Basilica is a treasure trove of paintings by such masters as Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, Cimabue, Giotto and many others.
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I toured the Basilica with it's vast history, art, and religious influence. Also, attended the mass that was being held. Viewed the vast Tuscany hillsides...stunning; and walked through the medieval hilltown of Assisi....fabulous! One of the highlights of our travels through Italy.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is a visual masterpiece. Perched on a high cliff, this ancient house of worship takes your breath away with its undeniable beauty and dignity. There is a rich history behind this great church. Before St. Francis became a saint, he received a message from God to live in poverty and repair the Christian... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Basilica di San Francesco is one of the more breath taking views and places in Assisi, it is a must visit for any one coming to town.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

It is worth visiting the Basilica and appreciate how the people and the church maintain this. very recommendable!

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The basilica is spectacular and you sometimes have to queue in order to view the resting place of St Francis. Hundreds of people visit this shrine every day and given his humility to me it all seemed a little too much. It is worth seeing though.

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trenton,nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Basilica is one of those places where you can feel and attuned to good spiritual vibes. The essence of Saint Francis and his message do resonate in here. You just have to stop the distractions and pay attention. Obviously the place in full of tourists, but the vibe is different here. The frescoes', the religious services, the efforts to... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I loved seeing the many frescoes by Giotto. The upper and lower churches are very different--Gothic and Romanesque, and the crypt where the remains of St. Francis are is dark and mysterious. If you're with a tour you'll get great information. If you're on your own, consider hiring a local guide. there were maybe three or four different tour groups... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

While we were there in September with tourists, I am sure that without tourists the experience would have been MUCH better. As a believer "how could I not be moved by visiting the church and the tomb of St. Francis?", well I'll tell you how ... with hundreds of tourists taking pictures of his tomb right next to the sign... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The basilica is wonderful for the faithful. With that said, as an architecture fan it leaves a lot to be desired. One church is built on top of another and it is both confusing and not too appealing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Assisi is a beautiful place to visit if you are interested in the religious sites and stories of St. Francis. We did enjoy a beautiful day, but with some annoying moments. Much is written about the "ugly Americans" visiting in Italy, but how about the "ugly Italians" visiting their religious treasures? I was elbowed and pushed by little old Italians... More

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