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Opening times on Saturdays and Sundays??

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Opening times on Saturdays and Sundays??

I am finding a mixed range of information and am seeking clarification on opening times of the Bascilica and other major sites. We arrive on a Saturday afternoon, and depart first thing Monday morning. Should we go to the Bascilica Saturday as soon as we arrive? I assume Sunday would be difficult o coordinate around church services. I would be delighted to have some advice please.

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1. Re: Opening times on Saturdays and Sundays??

Generally, churches and sanctuaries are open to visits every day from 6.30/7.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00/14.30 until sunset. Exceptions:

The Basilica of S. Francesco, which in the period of April - October remains open from dawn until sunset;

The Eremo delle Carceri, which is open during all year from the start of summer – time until October, 4th from 6.30 to 19.30 and beginning with October, 5th until the end of normal time from 6.30 to 17.00.

Visits are not allowed:

In the Basilica of S. Francesco on Sunday mornings;

in the Sanctuary of S. Damiano before 10.00 and after 18.00;

in all other churches during services.

You can find a list of mass times (when the churches are not opened for visitors) at the entrances of the churches and in the Tourist Info office (located in Piazza del Comune)

You can visit the Basilica on either Saturday or Sunday, except Sunday mornings, from dawn till sunset.

This and more information about Assisi's sites and information is available on

www.assisionline.com

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2. Re: Opening times on Saturdays and Sundays??

Good info from Alaska and definitely suggest Sat afternoon so that you can get around to see all the 10,000 sq m of frescoes which adorn that Basilica: the greatest frescoes of the late 13th c and early 14th c by themost important masters of the artistic capitals of the world at that time: Florence and Siena.

Although built to house the body of St. Francis in the 13th c - and therefore, primarily a reliquary church - the Basilica is also one of the greatest art museums in central Italy.

Allow at leaast 1 1/2 hrs for your visit. Be sure you have abundant abundant info on the church for best visit - and do some research if you can on the restoration of the church following the 1997 earthquake as - if you know where to look - you can view one of the most significant art restoration projects ever undertaken in the Western world.

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