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Eremo Le Celle

Strada dei Cappuccini, 1, 52044 Cortona, Italy
0575-603362
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Cortona
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Cortona, Tuscany, Italy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Ancient monastery centuries-old ,near the city of Cortona and it attracts many visitors who come to see the old church and the room used by St. Francis of Assisi to pray and meditate, where he stayed almost until his death, Spectacular waterfall especially in winter and spring and landscaped gardens to take a pleasant hike.

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Italy
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30 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Even in the off season one can begin to feel that the American 51st state, is possibly Cortona. The town is both enterprising and lively. So a car trip (or enthusiastic walk) to the hermitage above Cortona at Le Celle, is a splendid thing to do if you want tranquillity and beauty rolled into one. Even in the cold and... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I would never have discovered Eremo Le Celle, but a friend from Cortona brought my wife and I here for a visit. It's beautiful. We were able to wander around and we were the only tourists within sight. It was peaceful. I cannot imagine why this place hasn't been overrun with tourists all times of the year. I'll definitely be... More

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Chicago area
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Just outside Cortona in the hermitage where St. Francis himself spent two years in contemplation. His cell remains as it was. And this little place of peace is perfect to focus on what is essential in life. No hustle and bustle. Just peace here...

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Florence, Italy
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Don't miss this hidden gem just outside the city. A truly peaceful and beautiful spot that most tourists miss.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I absolutely loved this place. Quiet, peaceful and absolutely beautiful. The waterfall after the rain put you in a spiritual place. We returned on our way out of town just for one last look and a little more peace. We went to mass on Sunday morning at 10:30. It was very simple and didn't at all cater to tourists. Everything... More

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Chappell Hill, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This was my second trip to Le Celle, the first being 3 years ago. Though I'm not Catholic, or particularly religious for that matter, this place exudes a calmness and sense of awe that was a contributing factor in my decision to return to Cortona. St. Francis of Assisi spent a good deal of time here and his "celle" is... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We walked to the monastery from Cortona, and saw some of the best vistas of our trip. The views and the quiet on the way there prepare you for the spirituality of the experience. Please do observe the requests for silence. It is a working Franciscan monastery. The monks are so gracious to allow the public in to share the... More

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Glasgow
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Third visit after a recommendation. Description was that it was tranquil and beautiful in a fantastic setting which is true. 13th century but in wonderful condition it has an atmosphere. Quite easy to find by car but in no way affected by tourism but equally no concessions either other than freedom to visit undisturbed.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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153 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Approx 15 minutes drive through a winding road from Cortona takes you to this picturesque monastery tucked in a gorge, surrounded with dense vegetation. Its historical connection to St Francis of Assisi attracts a lot of pilgrims but luckily for us, there were not many people since it was the end of the tourist season. A visit to St Francis'... More

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