Pardon Festival

Il Perdono d'Assisi

Local TraditionReligious


  • Spiritual renewal and forgiveness
  • St Francis’ vision and indulgence
  • Annual event on August 1-2
  • Pilgrims gather for forgiveness and reconciliation
Stage 14: Valfabbrica to Assisi
"Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli "
Piazza Porziuncola, 1, 06081 Santa Maria degli Angeli PG, Italy
August 1
 - August 2

Occurs annually, August 1-2

Admission Fees:



The Pardon Festival, also known as Il Perdono d’Assisi, is a significant annual event held in Assisi, Italy, at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli from August 1-2.

The event commemorates the legacy of St Francis and is open to people of all faiths and beliefs. Pilgrims gather from all around the world to participate in various religious and cultural activities centered around forgiveness and reconciliation.

The event includes solemn eucharistic ceremonies, processions, and opportunities for confession and prayer, all aimed at promoting unity, understanding, and spiritual renewal.

Event Schedule

  1. Attend the Eucharistic celebrations: Throughout the festival, there are several Eucharistic celebrations held at different times. Take part in one or more of these ceremonies to appreciate the spirit of the event.
  2. Visit the Porziuncola: Make sure to visit the ancient Porziuncola chapel, which is located within the walls of the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli. This remarkable place holds historical and spiritual significance, as it is closely associated with the life of St. Francis.
  3. Join the Procession: There is a solemn procession that takes place during the festival, which symbolizes the opening of the Pardon. Feel free to join in and walk with others as you experience the essence of the event.
  4. Witness the fireworks display: At 10 PM on August 2, there is a stunning fireworks show that adds a touch of excitement and color to the celebrations. Make sure to find a good spot to enjoy this spectacle!
  5. Engage in prayers: If you feel inclined, you can join others in offering prayers for various intentions. This is a wonderful way to connect with your fellow attendees and share a moment of reflection and unity.
  6. Connect with fellow pilgrims: The Pardon Festival attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world, making it an excellent opportunity to meet new people, exchange stories, and create lasting memories.


The Pardon Festival has been celebrated for over eight centuries and is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Assisi.

It originated in 1216 when St. Francis received a vision granting indulgences to those who visited the Porziuncola chapel, which is now enclosed within the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli.

The festival has evolved over the years to include various religious and cultural activities that foster a sense of unity and understanding among people of different faiths and backgrounds.

The event’s connection to St. Francis and his message of love, peace, and forgiveness has made it a popular destination for pilgrims and travelers alike.