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Abbazia di San Galgano, Chiusdino

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Abbazia di San Galgano is perhaps best known for the legend of the sword in the stone, said to have been thrust into a rock near Siena by a medieval knight. The sword, of which only the hilt is visible, is preserved at a small, rounded chapel on a hill right next to this ruined Romanesque abbey. The abbey itself sits in a colorful setting of cypress trees, fields of sunflowers, and rolling green hills. Built sometime in the 13th century, the abbey is named after Galgano Guidotti, a knight who renounced his worldly life and became a hermit--after planting his sword into that legendary rock. The site includes an herbal shop and a small souvenir store. With our online itinerary creator, Chiusdino attractions like Abbazia di San Galgano can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Impressive Abbey of 1200, abandoned but in good condition, can be visited in the hours of public access, breathless for limponenza shapes underlined by massive pillars which are followed by slender and agile times pointed arch. Visit to match with the discovery of the chapel of Saint Galgano at Montesiepi's Hermitage, which houses a famous "sword in the stone".
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  • It's a magical place, the atmosphere of another era. The Cistercian Abbey is located about 30 kilometres from Siena. The Abbey is practically in ruins, there are only the walls, missing the roof and the floor now courts which in spring is transformed into a lawn, but this characteristic is exciting.
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  • For those who went on vacation in the Siena countryside visiting the Abbey of San Galgano can not miss. This is an abandoned Church in the years of which today remain only the outside walls. The roof is gone and the fascinating view to be inside a church and to admire the sky really is beautiful. The entrance is free of charge 3.5 € and 3 € reduced, but I'd say it's well worth the money. Very interesting history related to the construction of the Church was built after the death of Saint galgano.
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  • Great historical place, this is where the legend of "The sword in the stone" originated.
  • I recommend to visit this special place not very far away from Florence (about 1h 30) but close to Siena (about 40min). Not statues, not paintings not even the roof but the atmosphere in this unique abbey is very evocative. The surrounding area is amazing, farmed and flat where you can walk lazily. Find a little path and reach the Rotonda of Montesiepi. Nowadays here you can see the sword in the stone of San Galgano because nobody, in the past, has been able to remove it.
  • this place is worth a special travel to when you find yourself not too far - in Florence (~70km) or Sienna (~30km). After lots of monumental medieval churches this abbey looks likes a naked one - not sure whether you can find something alike anywhere else. In 500m in addition to this very special abbey you get a 12th centrury church. Next you should visit Chuisdino
  • Magical place
  • Truly extraordinary. Must see.