Perched on the side of Mt. Subasio high about Assisi is The Hermitage. It was here that Francis and his followers retreated to bring themselves closer to spirit.
If you chose to hike up be aware that the trail is very challenging especially if it's been raining. It is steep and very rocky but a beautiful sojourn. You can also walk up the road, although the taxi and bus traffic would make it rather stressful.
The Hermitage is very old, very sacred and should be experienced by walking respectfully and silently. Wander the hillside after touring the Monastary and enjoy the trails with wild cyclamen, mushrooms and ancient oak and holly trees. There are outdoor chapels where Francis preached to his followers, valley views and the opportunity to sit in total silence and mediate on all that Francis stands for - consideration of others, peace and goodwill. Another site similar to Eremo Delle Carceri to visit would be the Sanctuary of La Verna (an hour and half drive north of Assisi), another of Francis' hermitages. Both sites will send you back into the World more centered and peaceful.
As with all sacred sites, visitors are requested to be respectful, not take photos inside the Monastery and to be silent.
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