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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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  • Great place to visit at least once in your life, especially if you turn the Tuscany. 1500 abandoned Abbey of which remains only the skeleton. Incredible example of conservative renovation where the Cistercian style has remained intact in the walls and beyond. Tranquil haven of art and history. Not to be missed!
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  • We got married next to San Galgano and after the ceremony we went to the site to do our photos. Simply amazing!!! Wonderful place
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  • The title encapsulates my views. an enchanted place that must be visited absolutely. beautiful, charming! Recommended!
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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.