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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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  • Located outside the city of Assisi to accesses follow a walking route after leaving your car in a parking area. The structure is imposing and well maintained, there is a path on the left "sister water" that we only had in part and is beautiful
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  • Getting there involves a beautiful journey, all uphill!! For the lazy you can take taxi. I am uphill walk, 4 km, and are a bit slow so it took about 1:30 the scenery is fantastic! The Hermitage does not close for lunch but you cannot ask questions between 12.30 and 14.30 take water because there are no fountains! The wood is wonderful. Overall a must try experience for those seeking peace and meditation and feel like a nature walk remembering the steps of Saint Francis!
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  • We have a beautiful walk done starting from Viole via a nice b&b through the forest to Eremo Delle Carceri. Then from there to Assisi via the route of pilgrimage by Francis.
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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.