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Review of Eremo Le Celle

Eremo Le Celle
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Full-Day Private Tour to Arezzo and Cortona from Siena
Paciano, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed 12 July 2012

This monastery below Cortona (where St. Francis dwelt) is peaceful and serene and beautiful and set high in that stunning valley. It, along with the Church of St. Margarita, are often missed by visitors to Cortona (which is often overrun with tourists and noise).

Make time in your schedule to breathe in the serenity and beauty of the Celle. If you are lucky enough to visit after rains, you will be treated to a spectacular waterfall running under the vine-covered bridge. If not, you will still be treated to an oasis of peace at a very special place with the feeling of a refuge. Birds abound and cypress soar against the bright sky and the grey stone sits against the mountain as if it simply grew there.

As other reviewers have said, you can see the cell of St. Francis and can also learn much about him and his love of this place. Beyond that, it is an exceptional spot for personal rest, reflection, walking, sitting, painting, singing...you get the picture.

When we were there the first time (I visited 4 times in my month in the area) a children's choir was singing, their voices filling the valley. The third time, a lone monk was playing the guitar and singing. The fourth, evening vespers. The fourth visit too, we noticed a monk texting out a window (reception is notoriously bad in the hills!) and also noticed a satellite dish behind the bells tolling the start of vespers!

They're monks. Not hermits!

Visited June 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“A Must When Visiting Cortona”
Reviewed 5 July 2012

A most beautiful, large stone convent/monastery, started by St Francis in the 1200's, in a gorgeous setting. Cross the bridge spanning the waterfall to St Francis's cell where you can see where he slept on a narrow stone ledge. Lovely, lovely place.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego
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19 reviews
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“St Francis lived here... a beautiful monastery.”
Reviewed 26 June 2012

Before going to this historic site in Cortona I thought it would only be a little room where St Francis lived.. Actually it's a large monastery in set in pristine landscape next to a beautiful stream. There is a room where St Francis lived which is wonderful to see, but the entire property is definitely worth a visit...

Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed 2 June 2012

Great hike there from Cortona, magical little place!

Visited May 2012
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Southington, Connecticut
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“Sacred Ground”
Reviewed 20 April 2012

I don't really want to share any information about Le Celle. It is a very spiritual place. Not meant for sightseeing.

Visited April 2012
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