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Abbazia di San Galgano

localitaSan Galgano -Palazzetto - | Chiusdino (SI), 53012 Siena, Italy
0577 756 738
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Ranked #4 of 56 attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Easy day trip from nearby Siena if you have a car though I assume it would be included in a tour from Siena. The site itself is set in a peaceful place and it was very relaxing walking around it. The church itself doesn't have a roof so is open to the sky. Make sure you take the five minute... More

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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

To view the sky above the open arches of the San Galgano abby is truly breathtaking. A magical place.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We travel to Italy 2-3 times each year, and we love finding old historic ruins like this. The story behind this ruined abbey, and the still-intact church that looks over it, is interesting: Galgano Guidotti was a historical figure from the 12th century. The repentant Galgano supposedly plunged his sword, previously used only for nefarious deeds, into the stone atop... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you are going to Tuscany, take the time to visit this little gem. The best way to experience this wonderful place is during the summer opera festival: you can go in the evening, listen to beautiful opera, and just look at the sky and the stars...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This makes a wonderful destination for a half-day out from Siena. When you are exhausted by all those Tuscan hill-towns, which begin to resemble one another, come here for peace and restoration! The Cistercian foundation dates back to the 13th century, and originally covered a large area; and what mainly remains now are the substantial ruins of a huge church... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I love abbeys with their grand walls and windows and this one is particularly touching as the roof is gone, leaving it open to the sky and the elements. Unfortunately the stained glass windows are all gone :( However, it porivdes some great photo opportunities, particularly of the church of San Galgano up on the hilltop through the abbey windows.... More

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Gainesville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

After visiting Fountains Abbey in England, we were eager to see the ruins of an abbey in Italy and San Galgano and its adjacent church did not disappoint. It is wonderfully evocative to walk about the ruins of this abbey, thinking of the men of faith who built, worked and worshipped here over the years, their steadfast faith. It's a... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It's not often that you find a 13th century ruined abbey in Italy. We had a lovely drive to San Galgano which is situated in a field with little around it. Very picturesque and well worth the drive.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Despite the abbey only being a shell of the former structure, it still shows what an impressive building it once was.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We drove from our home base in Tuscany, Impruneta. A 90 minute drive and we'll worth it! The abandoned abbey is breathtaking and very moving to be in. We waited around to be alone inside, the silence was splendid. If you're a meditative person this place is magical and a photographers playground! Walking up the hill you find the chapel... More

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