Our first stop will be Santa Maria degli Angeli where we will visit the Porziuncola.
It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan movement.
Francis was given this little church in 1215, dating back to the 9th century, by the Benedictine monks.
After having visited the Porziuncola, we will go to “Eremo delle Carceri” which is a small hermitage
in a steep forest gorge where Francis stayed from 1205 to 1206 to pray. The word “carceri” is from the Latin ´carceres´ and means "isolated places": for Francis it was the perfect place to pray and contemplate. Soon, other men followed him to the mountain, finding their own isolated cave where to pray nearby. Here around 1400 Saint Bernardino of Siena built a small friary and a small church called Santa Maria delle Carceri, with an altarpiece fresco of the Virgin and Child.
Afterwards, we move to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, where we will meet our guide for a guided tour of the city and the Basilica of St Francis.
✓ Full day local guide
✓ Visit of Porziuncola
✓ Visit of Eremo delle Carceri
✓ Visit of Assisi
✓ Visit to the Basilica of St Francis
x Tickets to museums or other
— Big buses cannot arrive at the Porziuncola: in case of big groups customers will be split up into minivans to get there.
— Distances: from Florence approx. 2 hours - Rome approx. 2 hours – from Siena 1 hour and 30 minutes.