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Basilica Papale San Francesco D'Assisi, Assisi

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World Heritage listed, Basilica Papale San Francesco D'Assisi features frescoes by Giotto, Lorenzetti, Martini, and Cimabue. St. Francis' monumental tomb is also located within the complex, which dates back to the 12th century. The info office, opposite the entrance into the lower church, can help you schedule a guided tour in English--probably the best way to appreciate this artistic and architectural gem of medieval Italy. A visit to Basilica Papale San Francesco D'Assisi represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Assisi vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • The simplicity of the exterior contrasts with the Gothic Italian indoor. In the upper church you can admire the decorations of the vaults which match perfectly with the multitude of colors created by stained glass Windows. The lower part, instead is used to a series of frescoes. The inferior basilica with the crypt containing the tomb of St. Francis is just breathtaking. Definitely the most beautiful church in Assisi.
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  • Coming from PG, p.zza John Paul II parking (underground silos with ticket surcharge depending on the weather). From there, in 5 min. walk to the Basilica, uphill. It was the fifth grade class trip that not visiting Assisi anymore, and this time I brought my daughter. The first impression I got, cleanly and overwhelming, it was a sense of great spirituality and peace. The entrance to the Basilica's lower and upper is completely free. I first visited with my daughter the underside then up internally to the upper. I knew at 10.30, every day, there's one guided by a friar, and wondering I was told to stand 10 min. before the tourist office under the arcades of the courtyard on the ground floor. There they handed me a radio transmitter with headset (free) and along with a dozen or so people we started the tour. The Friar he was very good in explaining the soria of St. Francis and the art of Giotto, Cimabue and Simone Martini, present inside the Basilica. The total duration is 1 hour and 15 ' and really enjoyed both my daughter (10 years) than me. Eventually you can leave a donation, with no obligation. Rated 10 and praise! N.B. You can't take pictures or video of any kind not here, nor in any other religious site of Assisi. To me he's sorry, but out of respect for the sanctity of the place and many believers, I think this is a proper waiver, although reluctantly.
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  • Both basilicas, the top and the bottom are very nice and for those who are Catholic are must-see for all what they mean and what they transmit. It should not be let go. It has many steps and in summer it becomes difficult because the heat is intense, but then the sacrifice has its reward
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  • Building and surroundings beautiful. Hard to enjoy however, when Franciscan monks are aggressive and sarcastic. I fully understand the need to be respectful and quiet in a sacred place but there's a difference between an adult and a two year old. Also, telling another adult to 'please put away your camera' is not the same as 'did you not see the sign, are you stupid?'...Francis himself would be disappointed at the lack of basic manners and common sense. Not just one monk either, 5 or 6 of them with a chip on their shoulder. Thankfully they didn't say it to me but I was just shocked at their treatment of others.
  • Amazing place to visit and experience. You can really feel the peace and tranquility of the space where St. Francis prayed and looked for inspiration up on the hill top. Beautiful backdrop for pictures. The views go on for miles. There's also a museum about St. Francis of Assisi in the Basilica.
  • This place is awesome. It is a true monument both in size and content. It is also very moving and peaceful.
  • if you are luck, you could enjoy the exquisite messa with the exqusite paiting all around.Dr.DING
  • My idol saint. I like to visit another time. It's a wonderful place full of pigeons and peace around. The Basilica is well designed and it's luxurious

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