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Abbazia di San Galgano, Chiusdino

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Religious Site Church
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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TripAdvisor
  • I read about this place in a book and immediately looked it up on TripAdvisor and added it to our Tuscany itinerary. I'm SO glad we did this because even though it took us an hour to get there from Sa...  more »
  • The ruined abbey of San Galgano, standing among fields and rolling hills in a remote part of Tuscany, is very remniscent of similar ruins in France and Britain. The grounds and surroundings are very w...  more »
  • The spot is well known and multiple time visited. However, it is still atracting you like a magnet. It is spectacular. If you care for sunset visit you have to know the road, either stay close to the ...  more »
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  • Lovely abby and go later in the day to capture sunset
  • A nice place for be immersed in the nature with out a lot of energy.
  • Great place for one day trip! There are also very beautiful places to visit closed to San Galgano!
  • Beautiful a must when in Italy!
  • Great historical place, this is where the legend of "The sword in the stone" originated.