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Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence
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Assisi and Cortona Day Trip from Florence

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Take a day trip to Assisi and Cortona and discover these charming hilltop towns alongside a guide. Departing from Florence, travel first to Assisi, where you visit the Convent of Santa Chiara, the Basilica of San Francesco, and hear about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Pause for a peek inside Santa Maria degli Angeli church, believed to be a favorite spot of St. Francis. Then head to Cortona for some time to explore independently before returning to Florence.
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Brun066 wrote a review Oct 2020
Florence, Italy10046 contributions1041 helpful votes
As is often the case with Franciscan places, this monastery stands in a secluded site, rich in landscape values. The sensitivity of Francis of Assisi to all aspects of nature is well known: according to some, this sensitivity makes him a precursor of modern environmentalism, and in any case it makes him perhaps the only character in Christian hagiography who is also significant for other religions. In this case, the choice of the site for the construction of the monastic settlement is not due to some followers of Francis, but to Francis himself. In fact it is proven that he founded this building in the remote year 1211, on land donated to him by a follower residing in Cortona, Guido Vagnotelli. Francesco's cell - as usual narrow and very poor - is still in its original position, and around it new buildings have progressively been added, built by local sandstone, which today seamlessly cover the right side of a gorge. At the bottom of the gorge, on a bed of living rock, the torrent flows (nevertheless it was almost dry when we visited the site). The charm of the site is powerful, but it's more environmental than strictly architectural. Nonetheless, this is an attraction worth a detour if you are in Cortona.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Scrabblejan wrote a review Oct 2019
Auburn, California11 contributions2 helpful votes
From the moment you crest the hill and see the celle, it's like being whisked back in time! Absolutely gorgeous and oh so quiet!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Prat97xxx wrote a review Oct 2019
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It is a lovely sanctuary nestled on the hillside. Great to sit and admire the scenery. It is not very crowded generally, and most visitors are quiet and respectful. It is an enjoyable walk from Cortona if you have the time. Nearby you can spend more time walking in the woods on a trail that is well marked. I highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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AZWorldTraveler2018 wrote a review Sep 2019
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A very peaceful and tranquil place where St. Francis spent time meditating and reflecting. Well worth the visit if you are in Cortona.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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John M wrote a review Aug 2019
Bristol, England, United Kingdom47 contributions5 helpful votes
Had a nice atmosphere (although we are not religious and there was an event going on so we felt a little out of place), nice location and quite tranquil (except the parking). But not a great deal to see.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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