iStock 70430229 XXXLARGE 121

Cultural Travels from Home: The Basilica of St Francis in Assisi

Thursday 4th March 10.30AM

In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries which are either currently closed or difficult to visit whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location. Our visits will also support galleries and individuals working in the cultural sector whose activities have been affected by the pandemic.

Today we are delighted to take you on an exclusive, specially arranged virtual visit, broadcast live from the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. This will be the first ever virtual guided tour of the basilica and we are delighted and privileged to have been granted special access, in order to present this for you.

After St Francis’s death in 1226 his home town suddenly became a great focus of attention.  The construction of a basilica dedicated to him (his canonisation took place in 1228) was a huge and costly affair and no expense was spared in its decoration, whereby many artists were employed from all over Italy. Our guided tour will focus on the paintings in the upper church including masterpieces by Cimabue as well as the world-famous series of frescoes dedicated to the life of St Francis, traditionally attributed to Giotto. The live guided tour will be led by expert local guide and historian Claire.

The price includes a (virtual) ticket entrance fee and donation to the basilica.

Our guided tour lasts one hour including interactive Q and A. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience. You will feel as though you are exploring the site yourself with the running commentary given by our guide. Please note that it is not possible to film in the lower basilica due to poor internet connection, so our tour will concentrate on the upper basilica.

This is a live event starting at 10.30am GMT and will last one hour.  Tune in from anywhere in the world to join or watch on catch up. For those who are unable to participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch on catch up later that evening or the following day. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

We are most grateful to Fra Carlo of the Basilica of St Francis for giving us permission to run this virtual tour.

Art History in Focus is proud to have initiated the concept of online tours in a number of major Italian museums and historic sites in Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Milan. We are delighted to have developed these collaborations which continue to raise important funds for the galleries and cultural sites as well as those working in the cultural sector. 


Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button on the right hand side now, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £15.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked - please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully.  Zoom works best when using Google Chrome


You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will receive the Zoom log in link immediately both on your screen and by email, please keep it safely as you will need it to log in

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under and at least 45 minutes before the lecture begins, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.


Join the lecture from ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can still book online, as above. You will be contacted after the lecture has been broadcast with instructions on how to access the recorded lecture, for up to 24 hours afterwards.You do not need to advise us if you can't participate live, don't worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live.

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don't worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recorded lecture link.

Thanks Sian and Claire for the wonderful tour this morning......, it brought back so many memories. It was just as good as being there !!!! The camerman was great he managed to home into the finer details was incredible. ”

Mrs P Horn

Read more testimonials and comments


  • Travel to the heart of medieval Assisi from your own home
  • Live, interactive guided tour with expert guide
  • World premiere!
  • Exclusive access to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (specially arranged)
  • Ticket price/donation to the Basilica included
  • Live Q&A
  • Viewable from anywhere in the world



To book, please complete our online booking form.

Book this course / event

If you have any questions regarding the course or booking please send us an email

Recommended Reading

Visit the AHF bookstore for a list of recommended books and products to accompany this course/event.


Print details

Email details to a friend

Become a Friend of AHF

Enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including prize draws, special events and priority booking

More Info

Loyalty Scheme

Enjoy a gift selection of fine wines for every 4 tours you book with us

More Info

ahf on facebook

Discuss AHF events online and get to know other members

More Info