Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

inside view of Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy
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The new European Grand Tour counts museums, ancient ruins, churches, and some surprises.

No. 15 Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy

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Annual Visitors: 5.5 million

This 13th-century Italian-Gothic basilica was frescoed and painted by some of the most noted artists of the time: Giotto, Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini. Two hilltop churches plus the crypt with the fully intact body of the saint lure pilgrims from around the world. The grand interior of the upper church stands in contrast to the life of poverty and renunciation of earthly pleasures that, as a simple friar and accomplished poet, St. Francis lived. assisionline.com —April Orcutt

Source: ENIT, the Italian Government Tourist Board

inside view of Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy

Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

No. 15 Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy

Annual Visitors: 5.5 million

This 13th-century Italian-Gothic basilica was frescoed and painted by some of the most noted artists of the time: Giotto, Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini. Two hilltop churches plus the crypt with the fully intact body of the saint lure pilgrims from around the world. The grand interior of the upper church stands in contrast to the life of poverty and renunciation of earthly pleasures that, as a simple friar and accomplished poet, St. Francis lived. assisionline.com —April Orcutt

Source: ENIT, the Italian Government Tourist Board

© Peter Barritt / Alamy
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