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“The sword....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbazia di San Galgano

Abbazia di San Galgano
localitaSan Galgano -Palazzetto - | Chiusdino (SI), 53012 Siena, Italy
0577 756 738
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Ranked #4 of 57 Attractions in Siena
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Rome, Italy
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“The sword....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

After seeing the fascinating ruins of the church, must see San Galgano's sword in the rock, a five minute walk to the'Eremo di Montesiepi where San Galgano - as the legend says - got rid of his sword by inserting it in a huge stone.

Visited September 2012
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Cologne, Germany
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“Interesting trip outside of Siena”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We traveled out to San Galgano on an afternoon in October, so it was not very busy. We were shocked at the large parking lot there where I imagine tour buses pull in. We were fortunate that there were none there on this day. It was a nice way to spend time wondering around just taking in the architecture and walking up the hill to the church. Very pretty and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. You can appreciate it from this sight. We had a little lunch outside at the cafe right across from the abbey too.

Visited October 2012
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Milan, Italy
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“amazing site in a gorgeous setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

tranquillity, a beautiful place which inspires reflection . a unique visit, coupled with the romanesque church up the hill. pity that the Lorenzetti frescos in this second church are quite hard to see in terms of lighting ,distance from the visitor

Visited October 2012
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“Not one of Tuscany's more memorable sights”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Maybe I'm prejudiced by coming from North Yorkshire, where we have several stunning ruined abbeys - Rievaulx, Fountains, Whitby - but San Galgano came as a real disappointment. After all the other amazing sights of Tuscany, it certainly wasn't worth the long drive to see this. It's almost too-well preserved. It just looks like a bog-standard large church which has lost its roof and windows. None of the scale, little of the complex of other buildings that hint at a long-lost community.
If you're in the vicinity, or going to a concert, by all means visit - but otherwise Tuscany has many more wonders - natural and man-made - that are more worthy of your time.

Visited September 2012
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Stromboli, Italy
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“Popped in on way back from the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Just before dusk.... a touring choir were giving a concert

Magical. They did Italian mainstream sacred and operatic choruses. The encore, predictably, was "oh fortuna" - gives me goose bumps to recall. Life is greatly enriched by moments such as these. ('99)

Visited July 2012
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