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Visit the medieval Umbrian town of Assisi and learn about its native son, St Francis of Assisi, on this day trip from Rome. You’ll tour the hill town’s most famous Catholic sites: the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Basilica di San Francesco, the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Basilica di Santa Chiara. A 3-course lunch at a local restaurant is included. This tour is limited to 15 people to provide a small-group experience.  

Highlights

  • Day trip from Rome to Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis
  • Explore the huge Basilica di San Francesco and see the tomb where his body is enshrined
  • Savor a delectable 3-course lunch at a local restaurant
  • Visit the 12th-century Basilica di Santa Chiara, dedicated to St Clair, a follower of Francis
  • Walk around the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • Learn about the history of the town and the life and legacy of St Francis
  • Small-group tour with numbers limited to 15 people to ensure personal attention from the guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Inside the Basilica of St Francis (di San Francesco), don’t miss the many priceless paintings by pre-Renaissance painter Giotto.

What You Can Expect

Assisi and Basilica di San Francesco Day Trip from Rome

Enjoy your day trip to Assisi

Your day trip starts with the 2-hour drive from Rome by comfortable coach to Assisi, a UNESCO-listed town in the beautiful hills of Italy’s Umbria region. During the drive, learn about Assisi’s historical significance, most famously as the birthplace of Italy’s patron saint, St Francis of Assisi.  

When you arrive, visit the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, a World Heritage site and one of the world’s biggest pilgrimage destinations, where Catholics come to see St Francis’ tomb. Then head to a local restaurant for a 3-course lunch of Italian favorites such as pasta al pomodoro (tomato and basil sauce) and roast chicken with potatoes.

After lunch, continue your Assisi tour at the Basilica of St Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara), named for St Clare, who was a pupil of St Francis’, followed by the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels (Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli), located at the bottom of the hill where Assisi sits. Learn about the Porziuncola here, which St Francis restored after he received a vision of Jesus Christ.

Your day trip ends with the return drive to Rome.  

Customer Reviews

Melanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Yes! Yes! Yes! Definitely a great area to visit. We had a wonderful day exploring three churches and a fabulous town!

Theresa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Outstanding trip with great guides and a safe driver. Thoroughly enjoyed full day in Assisi.

SUSAN YEN PHAN R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guide was helpful and cared for each person well. I am glad that I took this trip.

David J

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Tour guide was outstanding she was outstanding. The food was very good. Otherwise, it was uneventful.

Janice D

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Smooth transfer from hotel to tour coach
Fabulous Francesca / bus assistant ? /guide? /give her a rise! /A very kind and helpful person.
I was travelling with my elderly mother and she was a great help !
A lovely day out in beautiful Italy.
Thank you!
Janice

Roland K

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Local guide was excellent - Stefano - just would like more time in churches to reflect / pray and admire.
Rest of trip was hurried as I think we were running a little behind schedule. Lunch was great.

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