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Basilica of St. Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara)
Basilica of St. Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara)

Basilica of St. Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara)

Free admission
Daily 7 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to sunset
Piazza Santa Chiara 1, Assisi, Italy

The basics

With its bold pink-and-white marble stripes, huge flying buttresses, and immense rose window, the Basilica di Santa Chiara in Assisi is one of the most significant architectural and religious sites in Assisi, and a highlight of walking tours of this medieval hill town. After Saint Clare’s death in 1260, she was buried under the church’s high altar. Discovered again in 1850, her remains were eventually moved to a shrine in a newly built crypt beneath the basilica, where they are still on display.

Explore the church along with the city’s Franciscan sights—including Chiesa Nuova, the Cathedral of San Rufino, and the Basilica of Saint Francis—on a day trip from Rome or Florence, which often also include stops in other nearby towns like Cortona, Perugia, and Orvieto, and along Lake Trasimeno.

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Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
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$46.72 per adult
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Inspirational visit
Very memorable location. Local guide was very helpful and responsive to all the questions asked of him.
Randy_G, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Assisi

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In the footsteps of St. Francis.
Lisa_F, Jul 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
This tour was fascinating and expertly led. Weaving through the town of Assisi and discovering the rich history if its past was terrific and fun. The finale at the Basilica was incredible. Pro Tip - Bring water and a hat for shade. Highly recommend the tour and consider it appropriate for all ages.
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Family of 4
Lane_L, Jun 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Took the walking tour through the city to several sites w Andres. He was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and spoke very well. We enjoy local tour guides, which he was. If he didn’t know the answer to a question, which was very rare, he was honest and tell you he didn’t know the answer, which I appreciate. My wife and 2 older sons really enjoyed him and the tour.
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Great Walking Tour of Assisi
Elizabeth_S, Jun 2022
Assisi, City Highlights and St. Francis Basilica - small group tour
Great tour leader. Very knowledgeable and took us all over Assisi. We learned so much! We would definitely recommend this tour!
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Fun! Informative!
Sandra_N, Sep 2021
Assisi, City Highlights and St. Francis Basilica - small group tour
Our tour guide was awesome! He was very professional. Showed up on time. I really enjoyed his perspective on the life of St. Francis.
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Excellent
Carolyn_M, Jun 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Our Guide was very pleasant and informative. He took time to explain everything, very patient xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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A wonderful learning experience!
JULIE_P, Jun 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
We were not disappointed. We learned so much about St. Francis, how he grew up, and completely changed. I already admired him but now I revere him and the life of poverty he led. The basilica was magnificent!
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Unforgettable
Robert_H, May 2022
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
Marina was a marvelous guide, friendly and knowledgeable on the history of Assisi it’s buildings and peoples. Patient and answering all questions. A great experience.
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Assisi Walk with Francesca as Guide
Connector150778, Sep 2019
Small Group Tour of Assisi and St. Francis Basilica visit
An absolutely perfect way to begin one's time in Assisi, and with a guide so well informed about the Roman history, the Italian culture and art masters, the religious inspiration of esch place, and most especially the life and times of St Francis and St Clare. Francesca possessed everything one could hope for in a guide, and was so joyful in her presentation and warm and generous in her personality.
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Things to know before you go

  • Walking tours of Assisi require tackling the historic center’s steep medieval lanes, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • The ground floor of the church is accessible to wheelchairs via a side entrance; the crypt and relic hall are not accessible.
  • The Basilica di Santa Chiara is an important pilgrimage site, requiring modest clothing and solemn decorum.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the church.
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How to get there

The Basilica di Santa Chiara is located in Piazza Santa Chiara at the bottom of the main Corso Giuseppe Mazzini thoroughfare. Assisi is an important pilgrimage destination with direct trains from Rome and Florence.

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When to get there

Each year in early May, Assisi holds an important medieval festival with costumed pageants, historical music concerts, and games from the Middle Ages. Visit during the festival to experience the raucous atmosphere, or on the feast day of Saint Francis (October 4th) to enjoy its solemn air.

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The Art and Architecture of the Basilica di Santa Chiara

The horizontal stripes of pink-and-white stone and soaring campanile, the tallest in Assisi, can be seen from as far as the valley below Assisi. Inside, instead, the basilica is much more understated, with walls whitewashed in the 1600s to cover almost all the original 13th- and 14th-century frescoes that were visible until the 17th century. An important sacred highlight is located in a small chapel off the nave: the 12th-century crucifix that is said to have spoken to Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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