Groups Visiting the Basilica
As a sign of respect for the sacredness of this place and to assure that your visit to the Papal Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi is enjoyable and peaceful, visitors in groups and those who want to make a guided visit must reserve online and use headphones for the visit. Visitors can use their own radio system or book ours online by filling out the appropriate form. The reservation form allows you to choose a visit without guide or a visit with friar or a visit with authorized professional guide.
The booking fee for a visit to the Basilica is 2,00 Euro per person. In case the group wants to rent our radio system the cost will be 2,50 Euros per person.
If the group books the guided tour with friar, to the booking fee you will have to add a donation for the service of guide done by the friar: your generosity will help to light, clean the basilica and help in the work of restoring the frescos as well as maintaining the other services offered by the Franciscan Friars.
In case of Entrance with Authorized Guide, the reservation is only for the entrance and eventual renting of radio system and it doesn’t include the reservation of a local guide nor the cost of it. If the group wants to visit the Basilica with a professional guide, they will have to book and pay it directly.
The reservation system in our website, allows also to pre-pay online by credit card. The payment can also be done on spot at the information office by cash and credit card.
The income of the reservations will be used for all the expenses due to the maintaining and restoration or the church and also for the services of security, lighting, cleaning and hospitality.
To assure the organization and flow of groups inside the Basilica during the whole day, the reservation is required also for groups without a guide composed by 10 or more people. In this case the booking fee is 1,00 euro per person.
We remind our visitors that all the different kind of online reservation will grant the access and the visit to the group only in the time slot chosen. In case the group arrives without reservation or in a different time slot from what selected at the moment of the booking, the Information Office will authorize the entrance only when the security inside the church will be granted and the capacity of the space allows it. Even in this case it is required the payment, if not already done at the moment of booking.
The time Schedule for guided tour from the last Sunday of March to the last Saturday of October is from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM in the Lower Church and until 6:30 Pm in the Upper Church. Last entry for the Lower Church at 5:00 PM .
The time Schedule for guided tour from the last Sunday of October to the last Saturday of March is from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the Lower Church and until 5:30 Pm in the Upper Church. Last entry for the Lower Church at 4:30 PM .
No guided visits are allowed on Sunday or Solemnities (August 15, December 8, etc.)
Please remember that first and foremost the Basilica is a functioning church and a place of prayer. All who enter the Church should be properly dressed with shoulders and legs appropriately covered. Pets or animals are not allowed in the Basilica. Nor is food or drink. A respectful silence should be maintained through the Church since it is a place of prayer. No photos or video with or without flash is allowed. Outside the Church photos are allowed.
All guided visits must begin in the Lower Church go to Cloister of Sixtus IV and complete the tour in the Upper Church.