Eremo delle Carceri, Assisi

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. See Eremo delle Carceri and all Assisi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Assisi online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Hermitage where it is easy to succumb to the temptation to shut the world out and hide inside the rock, only to realize that it is extremely difficult to stay inside the prisons of your body. Check out that escape, escape from yourself is not possible, but you have to find freedom tackling and breaking the chains that you got yourself. Saint Francis in this place he found the warmth of stone and the power in the wind to overcome temptations of demons. The small church inside the Hermitage is full of light and acts as a water source for pursuing the journey into the desert. The entrustment to Mary is the first and the last thought that makes entry and exit, because the spirit Paraclete infuses the wisdom in the heart and the snakes crush with the heel of the Virgin and never alone.
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  • There we always come back again. The Friars Minor in their charge the Hermitage keep it always well maintained throughout. Holy Place
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  • If you happen to ASSISI a visit should be made in this enjoyable site where the Saint Francis seems to have started talking with the creatures. Evinced an inner peace followed by a suggestionevole feeling. Recommend a visit lasting less than an hour.
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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!

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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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