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Eremo della Carceri

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Address: Via Eremo delle Carceri, Assisi, Italy
Phone Number: 075-812-301
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The retreat high in the mountains above Assisi where St. Francis frequently...

The retreat high in the mountains above Assisi where St. Francis frequently stayed to meditate and pray.

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Ah, the serenity!

We visited on a very cold and misty January day, so our views were non-existent, however it meant we literally were there on our own and had the most spectacular, peaceful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
EmGem16
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Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a very cold and misty January day, so our views were non-existent, however it meant we literally were there on our own and had the most spectacular, peaceful and surreal experience. It's easy to see why Francis would have used this as his escape for solitude and serenity. Our taxi driver was wonderful, providing us with plenty... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A quiet peaceful place to see and perhaps make use of one of the walks in the woods. Dogs are not allowed. Parking is free and close to the entrance. Amazing views from the Eremo and winding road up the hill.

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Thank CuriousClaudio
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Be aware that this is not near the city centre. If you are planning to walk there, be prepared with water and food, walking shoes etc and a good map, or ideally a guide. Uphill all the way there, can get very hot in the sun. If in doubt, try and get transport there.

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Thank Mary20162016
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

One of my all time favourite places to visit. There is such a calm and peaceful atmosphere here. If you are visiting the buildings you do need to go into some very small rooms down steep steps. If you are claustrophobic avoid being there with a coach party. Otherwise walk up. Y the toilets and you can get into the... More 

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Riverview, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We walked up the mountain from our apartment in Assisi. A moderately difficult walk, about 1 hour. The trek was definitely worth it. The Eremo is such a unique, spiritual experience . Reading a bit about the Eremo would be advisable to enhance ones understanding and appreciation of the history

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Thank 2014ruth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

My sister is a Franciscan nun and lives in a house dubbed "The Carceri". This fact spurred me to seek this place out. Our hotel was right on the piazza Matteotti, which is on the bus line from the train station. From the Piazza M. the Carceri is about three miles. We had a car so we drove up there.... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

DON't miss this! Hire a taxi if you're without car or tour! It's a MUST SEE! We hired a taxi to pick up from our hotel in town, take us here, then to Santa Maria then train station! Was SO glad we found this haven! Come where St. Francis came for serenity!

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1 Thank Napajuje
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

An absolutely beautiful view down the mountain is to be had at this site, along with a fascinating look at the place where St. Francis withdrew to live as a hermit while he contemplated God. The caves are there to view where he and his followers slept and lived for up to 3 months at a time, along with very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Although we had a bit of a time finding our way, once there the hermitage was very nice. Although we did not find any brothers we could visit, the site offered an opportunity to slip away from the hustle and bustle of all the pilgrims in Assisi and contemplate how Francis and his brothers found nature so refreshing.

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is a profoundly peaceful place, high on the Monte Subasio mountainside, with spectacular views down across the woods to the broad plain beneath. It is where Francis and his brother friars would go to pray and meditate. There is a tiny church, now supplemented with another chapel for visiting pilgrims, and sometimes there are outdoor summer masses, drawing visitors... More 

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