Eremo di Camaldoli

Eremo di Camaldoli

Eremo di Camaldoli
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Geo Trails
6 contributions
Pilgrims and Non
Aug 2021
Important visit for pilgrims and non. Food for the soul.....The natural trail leading up to
Eremo from Camaldoli through the forest is part of the journey.
Written August 29, 2021
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Patricia G
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions
A hidden must see!
Oct 2019
This church is beautiful. It has a Della Robbia too. Stunning ceilings. Amazing! The tour round is very informative and worthwhile.
Written October 26, 2019
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Bret Thoman
12 contributions
Very moving place spiritually.
Oct 2018 • Friends
Go during summer months where there is a guide who will take you through the complex and show you around. Visit cell of St. Romuland and Baroque-era church. Consider that the order just celebrated 900 years of existence.
Written October 26, 2018
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Nikolina M
Thessaloniki, Greece32 contributions
Must visit
Apr 2017 • Couples
A beautiful hermitage in a beautiful setting. Nature lovers will love the area. We were there in time for the evening prayer and it was a unique experience (if you 're not a Catholic).
Written June 30, 2017
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FLAVIO V
Gallarate, Italy36 contributions
two couple of friends looking for religious places
Apr 2016
Nice place, but before going to Camaldoli we spent a night at Convento de La Verna, that is really spititual. Nothing is at the same level.
Written March 9, 2017
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John K
Boston, MA106 contributions
Hiking and contemplation...
Jun 2016 • Couples
There is a ring hike that starts on the left side of the monastery and takes you high up to ridge over looking the valleys of the Casentini. The beginning is in a rough cut where the spring melt has washed way the soil, and is a stiff up hill through towering pines. Farther up you reach a ridge and the forest becomes mostly beech. Great views. The trail is well marked, but you should have a map. Small free ones are available in one of the bars in Camaldoli. No one on the trails. Your mind wanders to thoughts of those who walked these paths in days gone by. Quiet. It was cool in early June, and smoke was coming from some of the little buildings in the monastery as we picked our way down. There are signs reminding everyone to keep silence. A path not taken....
Written June 11, 2016
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Grantb901
5 contributions
Amazing and historic
May 2016 • Friends
I visited here in the afternoon it is a beautiful place and full of history.
Unfortunately the the signs are only in Italian.
Written May 29, 2016
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Miles P
Perth, Western Australia, Australia31 contributions
A glimpse of the hermit's life
May 2016 • Solo
I was glad to be here. I prayed in the church for an hour for a friend whose family had just suffered a tragic loss of a child. It was comforting. Peaceful and spiritual.
Written May 13, 2016
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Greg_and_Sandra
Sydney26 contributions
Amazing Setting
Jun 2015
We take all our vistors here for the green, beautiful surroundings and the tranquillity. The farmacia is amazing and the road to the Eremo is gorgeous. Definitely a place to visit on a hot day. The only criticism is the closure of the church in the middle of the day. We would have appreciated a brief explanation as to why the entrance door was closed in our faces - rather than the abrupt, "It is closed."
Written June 27, 2015
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,389 contributions
Singular example of "Lavra" (Eastern Monastery) in Western Christianity
Jun 2015 • Family
The "Lavra" or "Laura" is a model of Eastern monastic agglomeration, similar in appearance to a village with scattered houses, which provides that the monks live in their cells, with little or no time for common life.
The "Lavrai" of Mount Athos, in Greece, are universally known; but also some survived in southern Italy, not surprisingly in areas once dominated by the Byzantines.
But in Camaldoli Eremo (ie, Hermitage) the model of "lavra" is applied to the Western Christianity, by its founder, the monk Romualdo (a native of Ravenna, the city well known for its Byzantine cultural heritage). The monks' homes are close to one another, but separated, in a regular, picturesque row.
Unfortunately the cells can not be visited, you can just look at them through the gate; but the guided tour inside the hermitage (every half hour, with a break at lunchtime; donation welcome) includes a visit to the cell that is designated as that of Romualdo. The cell is of course very restored, compared to ancient times (1012 AD) to which the hermitage is dated; but it also gives an idea of the living space of the monks.
The visit also includes the church, rebuilt many times and currently showing a Baroque appearance.
The character of the monastic order founded by Romualdo, the Camaldolesi, is peculiar, because, residing in the heart of the Apennines in the middle of dense forests, they developed the practice of forestry (in this calling another order born in Tuscany in the same period , the "Vallombrosa" monks).
The area surrounding the hermitage is crossed by many paths (quite well signposted) that run through the surrounding magnificent forests of conifers and deciduous trees, today part of the "Foreste Casentinesi" National Park. Being already the hermitage site to over 1000 m. high, some paths allow in short time to climb up to the ridge of the surrounding mountains.
Written June 4, 2015
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