The Basilica di San Francesco awaits you in the historic centre of Siena to celebrate your majestic wedding.
The Basilica di San Francesco is one of the most important churches in Siena, located in the square bearing the same name. It was built in the 13th century in Romanesque style and enlarged over the next two centuries into the immense Gothic structure it is today. It houses the pyx with the Sacred Particles. The story of the miracle dates back to 14th August 1730 when the pyx containing the 351 consecrated hosts was stolen. Three days later, on 17 August, the particles were found by an altar boy in the alms box of the nearby Collegiate Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano; the reason for the theft and, above all, the thief’s return is still unknown. For hygienic reasons, it was decided not to consume the particles, which were brought back the next day to St. Francis with a large procession. After more than 280 years, the particles are still intact, despite their normal nature to deterioration.
The convent of St Francis was erected in the 15th century and enlarged in 1518. After its secularisation, it was used as the seat of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Siena and the Law Society Library, which boasts over 177,000 volumes and pamphlets, 1,000 16th-century books and numerous manuscripts.