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Eremo della Carceri

Via Eremo delle Carceri | l'indirizzo e Via Eremo delle Carceri e non Ermeo delle Carceri, Assisi, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 41 attractions in Assisi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The retreat high in the mountains above Assisi where St. Francis frequently stayed to meditate and pray.
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Asheville
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had our tour guide take us to this St. Francis retreat at a time just before it was invaded by large tour groups. Silence is golden and requested on a visit to this sight, and a stroll through the woods. A trip to Assisi to discover the history of the town and St. Francis would not be complete without... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

An amazing place in the middle of the forest, simplicity seemed everywhere and peace that fills our souls! just sit in the midst of the trees and enjoy the freedom, the peace and quietness of the place

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West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you are in Assisi and love St. Francis I would definitely recommend a trip up to this location. This is where Francis would go to "get away". It is up in the mountain about 2 kilometers from the town. We didn't have the energy to walk so we took at taxi from San Francesco Basilica. It wasn't cheap but... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It is a beautiful retreat in an exquisite natural setting with lush vegetation and an outstanding view. The simplicity of St. Francis' accommodations is very moving. I visit it every time I'm in the area, it never gets old. Note: There is a fantastic roadside restaurant on your way up, I don't recall the name, but it has the most... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was the most beautiful experience of my travels. I spent over an hour in this little cave/chapel. The energy was sublime. Many blessings to be found here. Far away from the grandeur of the Basilica and the frenzy of souvenier shoppers, profound peace to be found, and take with you always.

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Imperia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Beautiful place for promenade in silence in any weather. Foto and video shooting is disallowed so one can finally lay off tourist state and immerse in thoughts of the meaning of life.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This small ancient hermitage is a fantastic place for a believer to pray in a mystic and very spiritual context and it is at the same time a very interesting place to visit for everyone. I am not religious but the visit to the cave of St Francis is really worth the walk, and if you don't feel like walking... More

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Laguna Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Beautiful, tranquil location high above Assisi. Possible to hike to but I prefer a taxi up and to walk down. Small chapel for "silent prayer only," is carved out of rock of Mount Subasio. Visit the tomb of St. Francis but don't miss out on the many small grottos off the beaten path. Wear good hiking shoes and climb down... More

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Just outside and to the left of the Porta Cappuccini one can find the #50 trailhead (red and while stripes) for the grotto of St Francis. Bring water. Gradual at first along a dirt road, it steepens and becomes a trail. Flattens nicely prior to arrival at the grotto. Takes just over an hour to get there. Very tranquil. Great... More

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Perugia, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you need to go and meditate and or think about something, this would be the place. There's not much to see here, it's more about the calmness and getting away from it all.

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