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Localita Cappuccini 1, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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All reviews st francis spiritual place bit out of the way winding road small chapel tranquil setting public areas impressive location well worth the effort nice walk a special place well worth the trip picnic lunch cortona town walk around his life monastery
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

We drove right up to the parking lot via a narrow busy windy road. Luckily parking was available. Lots of stair climbing is required. The scenery is beautiful and well worth the trip, located just outside the city wall of Cortona.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GinnyKelowna
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Hermitage of Le Celle, founded in the 13th century by Saint Francis and extended by his successor, Brother Elias, is a humble and simple monastery, built in a true spirit of the Franciscan order. The name “Celle” came from the small hermit houses built in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Borzov
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Take yourself back in time, tranquil setting, contemplative and full of history. A marvelous legacy of St Francis of Assisi

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Le Celle is a magical monastery about a mile below the city of Cortona. It is a beautiful place, kind of set in a pocket in the hillside. It is a marvel to look at. How did they build this? How long did it take?...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wdh528
Reviewed September 24, 2018

We walked - it was a very long walk but well worth the effort. The Hermitage is an incredible place to visit. It is truly a must see for your trip to Cortona.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We came here with a local fellow we met in Cortona, May not have realized it was here otherwise. Beautiful, peaceful, historical. Well worth visiting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wendyk621
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Always my favourite, peaceful, quiet, historic place to visit...a must see if you are in Cortona..lots shady of walks in the paths of the monks

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Josephine B
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Cappucine monks occupy Le Celle. It is a bit out of the way in the hills above Cortona. And, there are a number of steps to climb and descend. But, the tranquility and views are well worth the visit. The monastery is a great respite...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Patrick P
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We have been lucky to be the only ones there during the morning. Otherwise, buses and cars come back and forth. Just out of city Cortona in the woods you can find this beautiful and tranquil place. You can walk around this unique and quiet...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Simona D
Reviewed June 23, 2018

This place was really excellent. Great architecture, very peaceful and had a look at the alleged St Francis's cell. Loved it!

Date of experience: June 2018
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July 29, 2018|
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Response from B2824PFpaolag | Reviewed this property |
It was 10min in car. You should have a car since it is at a hill
February 6, 2018|
Response from happycouple090 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, visited Eremo Le Celle in october when visiting Cortona, we done this on foot about a 50 min walk each way,you may need maps as it was through rural roads, got details from a lady called Ramona in Hotel Italia in... More