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Cathedral of San Rufino (Duomo di San Rufino)

Visit this 13th-century Romanesque cathedral to learn the illustrious history of the site and to stand in the spot where St. Francis was baptized in 1182.

Although less famed than some of the other religious buildings in Assisi, the Cathedral of San Rufino is a site of enormous historic, spiritual and architectural significance. Dedicated to Assisi’s patron saint, Rufinus of Assisi, who converted the town to Christianity in the 3rd century, the Cathedral of San Rufino stands on the ruins of two other religious buildings. Explore the cathedral’s interior, the surrounding piazza and the subterranean crypt to see a diverse array of architectural styles and learn about the importance of the site in the history of the Franciscan Order.

Admire the western façade, which is constructed in an elegant Romanesque style, embellished with decorative friezes, reliefs of lions and griffins guarding the doors. Look for the decorative wheel-shaped rose windows towering over the cathedral’s entrances. From this viewpoint you can also see the bell tower to the left of the cathedral, which predates the cathedral by over a century, showing development in architectural styles and construction techniques.

Move slowly through the central nave of the cathedral, taking in the ornately decorated altars and massive pillars that support the dome overhead. Look down through the transparent glass panels below your feet to see the old church ruins on which the present cathedral was built.

Make your way to the ancient baptismal font beside the entrance at the right-hand nave. It was at this site that St. Francis, the patron saint of Italy, and many of his original disciples, including St. Clare, were baptized.

Go to the church museum to see a range of detached frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries, various paintings and a small architectural collection. From here you can enter the crypt, which houses the remains of a church built on this site in the 11th century alongside a 3rd-century Roman sarcophagus holding Rufinus’ relics.  

The Cathedral of San Rufino is open daily, though times vary according to the season and it is often closed during lunch hours. Admission to the main cathedral is free but there is a fee to enter the cathedral museum and crypt.



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Hotel San Francesco

Hotel San Francesco

Via San Francesco 48, Assisi
4.2
of 5, from 209 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Assisi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Temple of Minerva, and Basilica of Santa Chiara. Cathedral of San Rufino and Eremo delle Carceri are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$78
Giotto Hotel & Spa

Giotto Hotel & Spa

Via Fontebella 41, Assisi
4.4
of 5, from 282 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Assisi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Peter's Abbey and Roman Temple of Minerva. Basilica of Santa Chiara and Cathedral of San Rufino are also within 15 minutes.

$47
Hotel Pallotta Assisi

Hotel Pallotta Assisi

Via San Rufino 6, Assisi
4.6
of 5, from 96 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Assisi, this hotel is steps from Piazza del Comune, Cathedral of San Rufino, and Roman Temple of Minerva. Basilica of Santa Chiara and Eremo delle Carceri are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$62
Hotel Roma

Hotel Roma

Piazza Santa Chiara 15, Assisi
4.1
of 5, from 144 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Basilica of Santa Chiara and Cathedral of San Rufino. Roman Temple of Minerva and Eremo delle Carceri are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$51
Hotel Porta Nuova

Hotel Porta Nuova

Viale Umberto I, 21, Assisi
4.3
of 5, from 182 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Assisi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of Santa Chiara and Roman Temple of Minerva. Cathedral of San Rufino and Eremo delle Carceri are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$96
Hotel Fontebella

Hotel Fontebella

25 Via Fontebella, Assisi
4.2
of 5, from 280 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Peter's Abbey and Roman Temple of Minerva. Basilica of Santa Chiara and Cathedral of San Rufino are also within 15 minutes.

$267
Nun Assisi Relais Spa Museum

Nun Assisi Relais Spa Museum

Via Eremo delle Carceri 1A, Assisi
4.9
of 5, from 71 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Assisi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of San Rufino, Roman Temple of Minerva, and Basilica of Santa Chiara. Eremo delle Carceri is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

Residenza d'Epoca San Crispino

Residenza d'Epoca San Crispino

Via Sant Agnese 11, Assisi
4.7
of 5, from 44 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Assisi, this historic residence is steps from Basilica of Santa Chiara, Roman Temple of Minerva, and Cathedral of San Rufino. Eremo delle Carceri is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.