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The hidden monastery of S. Francis

Just a few minutes drive from Cortona, set into the slopes of mount S. Egidio, the Franciscan monastery of Le Celle (literally “the cells”) sits as if hiding in the green.

IMG_7553 Founded by Saint Francis him self in the thirteenth century, the sight of this sanctuary will make you feel as if you stumbled in to one of Tolkien’s books.

Quite differentfrom the triumphant atmosphere of Assisi, this humble paradise reflects the real roots of the Franciscan philosophy. In a nut shell: finding a connection with god through a connection with nature.

Although not on the beaten track and often unknown to visitors, thLE-CELLEis extraordinary place is one of the most unforgettable experiences Cortona has to offer.

One comment on “The hidden monastery of S. Francis

  1. lindasorgiovanni
    April 17, 2016

    This is an amazing place! I remember hiking there a few years ago x

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