Eremo delle Carceri
Eremo delle Carceri
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The retreat high in the mountains above Assisi where St. Francis frequently stayed to meditate and pray.
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teemutmantsinen
90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
If you are interested in contemplating Francis of Assisi's life without human herds, voisit this place. Nature is wonderful, site is simple but relaxing and intriquing. Nobody was there to hassle or hush us and we were pleased with all. Downside is the road condition - if you come with a rental car, beware sharp edges of the road.
Written January 18, 2020
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy11,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I’m not religious but I really enjoyed a stroll in this park. We didn’t do the hike. We just arrived with a car and parked outside. It was easy to find. My favorite part was the sanctuary with a stone bed, in which St Francis slept. It was a cave before.
The building was added around it much later. The park itself is completely shadowed because of the trees and it was quite nice there despite the 38 degree heat. In the park there are a couple of statues dedicated to St Francis and his friars, some crosses here and there and a few places to pray and to think.
Written July 25, 2019
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Sanchul
Chicago, Illinois3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
I highly recommend a trip up to Eremo delle Carceri if you're in Assisi and interested in St Francis' life. It gives you a sense of the early Franciscans eagerness to leave town and be close to nature.

And yes! you can walk to Eremo delle Carceri on a hiking trail WITHOUT walking on the paved road up the mountain.

I wanted to get to the retreat the way Francis, Leo, and the other brothers, got there. The first time my family went we walked up the paved road. Which was fine, but you do spend some of your time begrudging the taxis, Range Rovers and Fiats (and their gaping passengers) as they speed past.

The second time I went I went alone and up a wooded trail.

Directions below.

Walk up SP251 up the hill to the left of Matteotti Parking garage and the Nun Spa Museum (great place to go after a hike btw). Go through the City Gate.

The paved SP251 goes straight on up the hill. To the left is a gravel, tree-lined path. Take that path.

After about 100-150 meters you come to Rocca Minore on your left. Take the path that curves off to the right and up Mount Subasio.

This is 'trail 50' and it is marked with red and white painted lines on trees and rocks trailside. There is also a yellow and blue marker along the the same path. And, for the more mystically inclined, a yellow Tau - the sign of Francis.

The path goes essentially straight up the hill with no turns or switchbacks. Just like St Francis - unrelenting and straight to God.

From bottom-to-top, walking at a steady, meditative pace it took me an hour and 15 minutes to reach Eremo. The path is graveled and rocky. Definitely not easy but not technical or treacherous.

About halfway up you come to a three-way split in the trail. Take the middle path following the Tau and 'trail 50' signs.

The last twenty minutes or so flatten out as you walk along a short ridge.

At the top you arrive on the paved SP251 above the Eremo. The trail continues straight ahead but turn right and walk down the road, through a small parking lot and to the stone gates of the hermitage.

Enjoy the peace and quiet AND the knowledge that you walked your way there. We found walking back down at dusk, with the vale below Subasio lit with the setting sun, particularly enchanting.

By the way, La Stalla on SP251 just outside of town is an EXCELLENT restaurant with a setting that is not to be missed.
Written January 11, 2018
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GoPlaces35536
Eagle Point, Oregon1 contribution
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Our first view of the monistary was from the valley below. Our host, Claudio, told us we were in the Valley of the Devil, where St. Francis had a battle with the Devil. It was a valley full of wildflowers and butterflies, more butterflies than I had ever seen. We were on horseback from a trail ride that began in Malvarina, a guest farm at the base of Mount Subasio.
As we rode up to the convent, I could kick myself for not bringing my camera. I just took the last shot with the disposable. This was our last ride and I had decided to travel light, today.
At the entrance to the convent, we dismounted and immediately noticed the quiet of the spot. It was out of respect to keep conversation to a minimum and almost at a whisper. We were at 2400 feet and in the forest. This was the spot where St. Francis and his followers came for rest, fasting, and meditation. Perfect! The Eremo is carved out of a rock cave and the doorways are so small, it's single file and bend your head to pass. The chapel is exquisit and you can feel the Holiness. As you exit through the convent and cross the devide, you take the path the follows the crest of the Valley of the Devil. This is the most peaceful walk on the face of the earth. Leave your troubles behind and bring your camera.
Written April 30, 2005
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Andrea_Colman
Pine Island, NY61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
This tranquil spot remains one of my favorite places to visit in Umbria (and that's saying ALOT!). My first visit was in 2005, followed by 2007, 2010 and most recently in July 2015. Nothing has changed, nor is it likely to. The atmostphere is peaceful and tranquil and the 7 Franciscan brothers and 3 nuns who call this sancutary home are friendly, welcoming and eager to talk with visitors. I speak Italian so this was no problem. At least one of the brothers, Andrea, speaks English too. Mass is held in the small chapel built into the hillside. There a massive rock outcrop in one of the walls. The courtyard provides a wonderful view of the valley as well as the surrounding, welcoming and shady forest. A great place to escape the heat in Assisi and S.M.A. If you happen to be visiting in autumn, go in the very early morning to catch the misty fog. It's magical! Avoid the exhausting hike up to Eremo and call my favorite taxi driver, Luciano Trinoli (also a well known, local musician), 39 366 399 1221. Tell him I refered you and I'm sure he'll treat you with extra special care. There is no place on TripAdvisor to review cabbies or I'd write him a 5 star review. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He went out of his way to help me when I needed assistance (because I was a female traveling alone) and he and his wife are now considered good friends.
Depending on whether you plan on attending services or not, I would allow for an hour to just wander around the small chapels and grottos whre San Francesco and his fellow Brothers prayed and slept. The trails in the forests offer sculptures, benches for quiet meditation but no picnics are allowed on the grounds. If you wish to picnic there are tables at the trailhead leading back to Assisi.
If you want a beautiful hike down the mountain you must exit Eremo and head UPHILL a bit first to the trailhead by a small picnic area. It is only about 4K down to Assis and the views are well worth it. Grab a coffee and sandwitch at the small booth outside the front gate. Francesco has a couple of tables set up near the taxi drop off. He and his wife also offer lodging at their Bed & Breakfast down the hill but I didn't stay with them so I can't offer a review. He is a very friendly, chatty fellow. Not sure if he speaks any languages other than Italian though.
If you are at all interested in the life of San Francesco or are just looking for a break from the crowds then Eremo delle Carceri is not to be missed.
Written July 28, 2015
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Jennifer W
Laguna Beach8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
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 the small paths to small grottos filled with prayers tucked in cracks and crevices from those before you. Or climb uphill to search for the same and quiet meditation. At times small groups may be celebrating mass in the woods, or singing quiet hymns. I find this to be a very spiritual place and love leaving the hustle and bustle behind. Please be respectful and walk or hike quietly. There are some phenomenal views to be had on a clear day.
Written March 21, 2014
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Wethreetravellots
Charlotte, NC53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013
We walked up to this hermitage from Assisi and the walk made the experience even better. It was on a switch back road but had lots of short cuts. It took about 40 minutes and was uphill the whole way. When you got to the top, you got the quiet treat of a view an quaint little church honoring St Francis. You could see his little isolated cave and hike to similar caves on site. You can get a tour from an actual Franciscan monk and I was bummed we had not done this. So, make the call and arrange for a guide. But even if you don't, I highly recommend a visit because it will make you love St Francis even more than Assisi does.
Written December 1, 2013
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IslandMB
Rochester Hills, MI218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
I visited Assisi in September and decided to walk to this hermitage on a beautiful, hot & sunny day. It is about 4km (2.5 miles) up a winding paved road with switchbacks on Monte Subasio. It is a bit of exercise, but I would fully recommend it if you have the time and are able to do so. It took about 45 minutes from the edge of Assisi.

It is a beautiful walk up overlooking the Umbrian valley below. Upon arriving at the hermitage, you are transported to a very tranquil & peaceful world, a place where St Francis came to pray & mediate in the early 13th century. There are magnificent views from the courtyard just after entry. There is a rustic chapel, frescoes and the grotto of St Francis including his stone bed.

My favorite part is just walking thru the beautiful and peaceful woods and sitting for a while at the outside altars. There are tour groups that sometimes bring a crowd, but most are respectful of peace & quiet. They usually move on quickly in any event.

Overall, the hermitage can be a wonderful change in scenery from Assisi which can be a bit busy and crowded during the day. It is a very beautiful & peaceful place to visit. While I walked, other options include taking a taxi or driving via car. There is no charge for entrance. If you do walk, there is only one place to stop along the way for a beverage until you reach the top, where there is a souvenir stand that also sells water and drinks.
Written October 8, 2011
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Jennifer272015
Coffs Harbour, Australia62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We decided to take the 4km hike to Eremo delle Carceri. We are in our late 60s and quite fit and made it in less time than was indicated it should take, but its a very steep climb. We worked out the uphill gradient was roughly a steady 18 degrees, which required many stops along the way to catch our breath. The views along the way were great and we were basically walking on a track through the forest for most of the way. Once at the eremo we were able to see where St Frances had been and enjoyed wandering through the lovely tranquil forest. The return journey of course was quicker and nearly all downhill.
Written June 6, 2019
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Marcellino D
Dallas, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
The town of Assisi is on a hill at the foot of Mount Subasio. We hiked to the top of the mountain to the place that St. Francis and his friars used as their place of solitude and quiet. Visiting the 15th century hermitage built over the caves of the friars and praying on the mountain trails nearby was a wonderful experience. The hike is arduous -- you can also take a taxi to the top and then walk on the relaxing summit trails.
Written October 6, 2014
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