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 use of headphones. Headphones can be ordered on line by filling out the appropriate form. The reservation form allows you to choose a visit without guide or a visit with a video guide, un frate or a visit with authorized professional guide.
The cost of booking a visit to the Basilica is 2 Euro per person. To the cost of the reservation is added a free-will offering for the visit. An envelop will be given to the Group Leader at the beginning of the visit in which an offering may be placed and then the envelop can be deposited in one of the offering boxes in the Basilica: your generosity will help to light, clean the basilica and help in the work of restoring the frescos as well as continue the other services offered by the Franciscan Friars.
To assure the organization and flow of groups in the Basilica, a reservation is required for groups without a guide composed by 10 or more people. Groups visiting the Basilica with a guide must make a reservation for groups of 10 or more people.
Guided visits made between the last Sunday of March to the last Saturday of October may be scheduled from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM in the Lower Church and in the Upper Church no later than 6:00 PM. After 5:00 PM no groups may visit the Lower Basilica. 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 and not a museum of beautiful masterpieces. 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. We suggest that all guided visits begin in the Lower Church go to Cloister of Sixtus IV and complete the tour in the Upper Church.