The Church of San Francesco, which can be visited free of charge, is an integral part of the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of the town of Pescia.

Begun in 1241, it underwent a radical transformation in the first half of the 18th century, and took on its current appearance in the 1920-30s. According to tradition, St. Francis himself stopped in Pescia and ordered the founding of a spiritual place offering charity.

Standing out among the many works of art now preserved inside the Church is an altarpiece with a gold background painted by Bonaventura Berlinghieri in 1235, depicting St. Francis and stories from his life. 

The painting, made only nine years after Francis’s death, is the oldest known representation of the iconography of Saint Francis.