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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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Where to stay in Assisi

To enjoy a sumptuous stay near most of the Assisi's main tourist attractions, check into a luxury hotel in the bustling heart of town. Visitors looking for a distinctly local alternative to a hotel can stay at one of many convent guesthouses in and around the city. Offering traditional B&B accommodation with simple comforts and good food, monastery lodgings are an ideal escape from the activity of the tourist-driven areas, as well as a good base for exploring the history-rich countryside surrounding the city.
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  • It is a bit far from Assisi, better drive there if it is hot. Once there you can breath fresh air and rnjoy the different tracks and walks in nature. If you have enough time is worth the visit.  more »
  • This is a beautiful place of spirituality. Walking in the forest and seeing how the friars must have led a life of peace with nature. It is quiet and not a tourist place.  more »
  • Please understand, this is a Holy place. A meditative St. Francis spent years here in prayer and penance. It is not just a tranquil walk or a neat trail, it is a space for personal reflection in the p...  more »
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  • Unfortunately I went on a busy day, very touristy and noisy. I preferred the walk up and down...
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place for the spiritual rest :-D
  • 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!