Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi

Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi

Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • CultureVultureCamb
    Cambridge, United Kingdom711 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning frescoes
    This is a beautiful church and no entrance fee to pay (seemed the same for the many Assisi churches we visited). The Giotto frescoes are a particular highlight amongst many wall paintings. I went round twice. The first time during the morning when there were quite a lot of large tours. And then nearer to lunchtime when it was far less busy and easier to sit and contemplate.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and moving
    We had a guided tour and that helped us understand the frescos a lot. The complex has multiple levels and it was a moving experience. Photos are not allowed inside building yet I don't think I will forget some of the amazing frescos that depict Saint Francis's life. I learned a lot.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • las123singing2016
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Place of Peace
    This magnificent building stands out on the hillside in Assisi. It’s presence is a stark reminder of the life and work of St Francis, who, I am sure, would be truly humbled at such a basilica built in his memory and which holds his remains. The artwork and frescoes are truly outstanding. It is a pilgrim site for all religious denominations and well worth a visit. As a Third Order Franciscan myself, I was amazed at both the building and its contents. Well worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Anna H
    Chicago, Illinois1,175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pilgrimage church for art and religion.
    Multi layer church, containing the tomb of St Francis. The lower level is constantly in use for services, and the tour guides are all very respectful. You can visit the tomb, and collect candles to share with friends/family as a special remembrance. The Giotto and Cimabue frescoes are magnificent, but undergoing continuous restoration, so the crucifixion is only visible through the side before entering the transept. Try to enjoy the biblical stories depcted. On the main level, you can see frescoes of the life of St Francis and see the papal chair.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 14, 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful frescoes but no pictures allowed
    This huge cathedral has fantastic frescoes in both the lower and upper basilicas. The lower basilica paintings are mostly undamaged and in bright colors where the upper paintings are more faded but tell an interesting story of the life of St Francis. There are plenty of signs pointing a mostly one way path between the basilicas and also to the crypt where you will find the tomb of the saint.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 30, 2023
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G.B.
822 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I entered this place with high expectations that unfortunately were disappointed. The works of art are beautiful, but you can not enjoy them properly. For every single explanation you have to pay 2 Euros and the number of people was such that you could not stop to look at anything. Finally, the people there seemed almost annoyed by our presence. I am really sorry.
Written October 7, 2021
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Wow, what a beautiful church with amazing photo opportunities everywhere.

There is so much history in the building and was really great to hear about it all with a guide to explain it all.

The view from the outside alone is worth the trip up there.
Written January 5, 2020
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Bob J
Southport, NC928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
We toured the Basilica with a local guide who partially focused on art history. We began in the lower church and visited the crypt of St. Francis. Our guide then described the different styles of painting and the various painters who had adorned the churches. It was interesting to see the differences that come with age. A young version of an artist had painted in the upper church, then returned years later to repaint parts of the lower church. His growth as an artist is obvious.

The Franciscan monks are very strict - no photos inside.
Written May 24, 2022
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Olivefarmer
57 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is by no means a bad review of San Francisco church. It is a truly beautiful and inspiring place. My wife and I are both Catholic and were both almost moved to tears at the sight of St. Francis' tomb. That said we have been all over Europe and Italy in particular and have never seen such a tourist trap as is Assisi!. You can't walk 10meters without passing a "souvenir" shop ,all selling the same stuff.
The quality of the food almost without exception is terrible. ( One notable exception is the Foro Romano cafeteria. It's food is exceptionally good and relatively inexpensive). There is no in town transportation except very expensive cabs which leaves you having to walk up and down long steep hill all day. We're glad we went and saw the church but the town in spite of its great views is a huge let down!
Written August 2, 2021
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Petrus61
Nice, France3,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We waited about 45 minutes in line before entering this basilica. The paintings inside (frescoes) are worth seeing (Martini, Giotto and Cimabue above all) and the tomb of St Francis. The visit takes less than an hour. Free entrance. There is a souvenir shop inside.
Written August 13, 2020
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands847 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
If you are religious this is a sacred place where you can find peace, if you are not you will see one of the brightest jewels of italy. The architecture of the basilica is fantastic, the paintings of the two basilica s are masterpieces of italian history. It is one of the most iconic places in the entire world.
Written August 17, 2020
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Catherine A
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
It was a beautiful experience-a lower and upper church, complete with the interiors of an exquisite art museum. There are so many reviews that cover all of the many reasons why this was an excellent place to visit. I just wanted to remind English speakers that if you are in Assisi on a Sunday, the Basilica offers a 9AM English Mass. Though it was only a small group of less than 100 (held in the Upper Church), it was delightful. We spoke to the Friar and to the man who played the guitar during the services. He said he was originally from Boston but fell in love with Assisi, and he and his wife now live there and are very active in the Church. It was a wonderful way to start our day at the Basilica. I hope that more English speaking people will make plans to attend the English Mass if they find themselves at St. Francis on a Sunday morning,
Written September 19, 2022
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy and with its accompanying friary, is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. A very sacred place, take your time to visit the upper and lower parts as you take in the beauty of all the frescoes, paintings, sculptures and many other works of art. You will feel a divine presence.
Written October 28, 2022
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This huge cathedral has fantastic frescoes in both the lower and upper basilicas. The lower basilica paintings are mostly undamaged and in bright colors where the upper paintings are more faded but tell an interesting story of the life of St Francis. There are plenty of signs pointing a mostly one way path between the basilicas and also to the crypt where you will find the tomb of the saint.
Written November 30, 2023
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iswhizz2016
Hebden Bridge, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We often visit churches and spiritual places in search of beautiful architecture but also special sacred energy. This one amazed us both, with its very warm earthy coloured paintings and low ceilings, a complete contrast to the usual grandiose cathedrals and churches which abound Europe. Incredible architecture too.
Written September 20, 2022
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