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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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  • Wonderful open air Abbey which gives it even more mystique. Beautiful and fascinating colonnades. In the evening must be even better. Also used for events. Not to be missed!
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  • Not easy to get to but worth it just for the views it offers the trip from anywhere you want to take. The crete senesi and the hills that change color every season will accompany you to the Abbey of San Galgano, the famous "homeless". Wonder of the Gothic, built by the Cistercians. Don't miss the nearby Hermitage of Monte Siepi, where a fresco by Lorenzetti makes a fine show, though, much more famous is the sword in the stone set into the rock from San Galgano around 1180. Nearby there are restaurants in the surroundings you can visit Cortona which is beautiful and is home for fans of the genre, one of these popular antiques exhibitions (between late August and early September) and set up tables in one of its restaurants.
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  • Beautiful, inspiring, but mostly well maintained. Entrance ticket with appropriate fee. Recommend a visit at sunset. Not to be missed because it doesn't offer anything special by being very bare
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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.

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