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Eremo delle Carceri, Assisi
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Set in a gorge on Monte Subasio, Eremo delle Carceri served as a place of worship and solitude for St. Francis of Assisi during the 13th century. Explore the paths and archways of the retreat, which have been expanded over the centuries since St. Francis' death. Admire the complex's stonework, set on a hillside at an elevation of 791 m (2,595 ft). Wind your way through inner courtyards and small chapels to the cave of St. Francis. A small group of Franciscan monks use the monastery now. The hike up to the monastery—even from the parking lot—is somewhat steep. Add Eremo delle Carceri to your Assisi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Assisi itinerary maker.
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  • St. Francis would be startled to discover how easy it is to reach his peaceful sanctuary high on the mountain at the edge of Assisi, but you can still climb on foot if you are so minded. Still an acti...  more »
  • After the long climb on foot (if you go by car, you lose the beauty of the ascent!) will get you in the peace of the Hermitage. Very nice to be able to walk through the Woods, observing what they saw the monks in meditation and being able to enjoy a moment of peace for themselves! Board of disconnect from the world and truly enjoy the tranquility that is!
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  • Bell Hermitage ... from how it was advertised I thought it was nicer, inside there are many interesting things. .. all in all worth seeing. .
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  • This is a very rich spiritual location. It is the location where a monastery structure was built over Saint Francis' cave and there are a network of trails, alters, caves, and vistas of beauty.
  • Pristine trails that offer some needed silence away from the crowds. Great place to walk & reflect.
  • Amazing scenery, it is incredible to walk into the cave where St. Francis lived...a must see when you are in Assisi!
  • It was a rainy afternoon and very cool crisp air with birds chirping. It wasn't difficult to see how Francis could come up here to be with the Lord away from the Assisi crowd.
  • This is a wonderful spot to really sense some of Saint Francis atmosfere. Just to walk sit and feel.