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.
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, this extraordinary place is one of the most unforgettable experiences Cortona has to offer.