Abbazia di San Galgano
Abbazia di San Galgano
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  • Tualie
    Varese, Italy1,334 contributions
    Interesting, we missed the "Excalibur" so we have to go back in the future!
    We decided to have a stop here, thinking we could make it in half hour (because we thought that it was ONLY the abandoned abbey in the middle of nowhere) but as 1st timers we did some mistakes. Any normal visit, may take 1.5 hours, because looking a place to park the car, figure out where to go, buy the tickets, pictures, contemplation time, drinks and toilets easily is gone the hour or more for both places (abbey and chapel). To start, if coming with own transport, the area addresses everybody to park in the huge parking lot where there are tourist buses (the left side) this one is fine if have plenty time; a small tip (to save some walking time); if going to the chapel to see the similar Excalibur keep driving forward through the cypresses road and park by the chapel; then to visit the abbey, drive back and get the road to the abbey, there is a restaurant bar with parking places. It is said that St. Galgano was born in the area (town of Chiusdino) and lived lavishly; after a couple of celestial visions involved with Archangel Michael, he started to change in favour of a humble life of prayer and isolation. While he was looking some wood to plant a cross, he plunged the sword in the ground since then nobody could removed it. When he died in XII century, the chapel was built in his honor and a number of miracles were reported; a century later, the cross-shaped abbey was built by Cistercian monks in his memory, lived for century and decayed. P.S. The chapel is another attraction listed, the Eremo di Montesiepi
    Visited September 2019
    Written July 12, 2020
  • Claude M
    Vence, France908 contributions
    Moving beautiful abbey
    The ruins of the San Galgano abbey are both beautiful and moving due to the tragic history of the place and its relationship to major European history disasters (wars, the great plague). You can walk around the ruins, see the sword the founding monk set in the stone (the reverse of Excalibur). A great place for a walk and history lesson
    Visited April 2022
    Written April 29, 2022
  • Erica 🌷
    Civitanova Marche, Italy1,692 contributions
    Not to be missed
    The abbey is simply fantastic! It has got a blue sky as ceiling and green grass as floor! It dates back to the 13th century and once in, the atmosphere is amazing! The building is huge, and the visit is quite quick! The entrance ticket costs 3 euros (there are also family tickets at 10€ for two adults and two children or 8,5€ for two adults and a child)! Also reduced price tickets for over-65-people and students are avalaible! It seems to me it costs 2,5€. The ticket allows you to visit also the "Eremo of Montesiepi" that can be reached by walking! It is amazing too because in it, there is the famous and fascinating sword in the rock! They are unique in the world! This place is not far from Siena but you may need a car to get there or maybe, join a guided tour! Anyway, if you're visiting the area, can't miss it! Highly recommended!
    Visited January 2017
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2017
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Gabby L
29 contributions
Sep 2022
There's really nothing to see here. It's a waste of time and money to tour this place unless you ABSOLUTELY just have to see it. The abbey is empty and roofless. Nothing really interesting about it.
Written September 14, 2022
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malvern09
London,UK502 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
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.
Written September 21, 2012
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BPH
Oakville, Canada55 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
As others have said, a wonderful ruin. When we were there, they stopped us from going inside as a wedding was taking place. We were told that if we wanted, we could visit the nearby chapel (Eremo di Montesiepi) that was located on a small hill near the Abbey.

We went up to the chapel which was not only interesting, it also offered a nice view across the valley. Further, here you can also see the sword that was embedded in a rock by the founder of the Abbey's order.

By the time we returned, the bride and groom had emerged from the Abbey so we were allowed in. It is a very large structure that must have been impressive in its day.

After our visit we went across the valley and up the narrow road to Chiusdino. This is a great little town in its own right... and further, your entrance ticket for the Abbey also includes entrance to the Abbey Museum in town! The town is not large. After a short walk around town we found the Museum - which we thought was also worth the effort to visit. Several interesting items etc.

Lastly, if you go to Chiusdino, try to find the San Michele church in the middle of town. Why? Because inside the church is a small side chapel protected by a metal gate. Looking through the gate you will see a very old container... and inside the container is the skull of the founder of the Abbey (the person who embedded their sword in the stone!).

Amazing.
Written October 14, 2017
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LoveUmbria
Oklahoma50 contributions
Jun 2017
This iconic Abby is just as beautiful on the outside as it is from the inside! When went twice while we were visiting the region. The first time at sunset and the time in the morning! I tried to get the famous photo from the inside looking straight up that would show the sky in the shape of the cross, but I guess my camera was not advanced enough! Also, be sure you walk up the hill, and visit the tiny chapel with the actual "sword in the stone!" I always thought that it was a legend that took place in England!! You may want to look up the history before you visit!! Fascinating!!
Written October 9, 2017
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LadyoftheLake1
Athens, AL240 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Went to Abbey at San Galgano in Chiusdino Tuscany Region. Ruins are beautifully maintained and worth a stroll. Take the gravel road up to the Hermitage of Monte Siepe to see San Galgano's Sword in the stone. However it is enclosed in a domed plexiglass casing so it is difficult to get the true effect of a sword in a stone. It is a nice visit if you are in the area but if you have to travel far I would probably not make the trip just for this. The trip demands a winding road up and down a mountainside narrow two lane with hairpin turns at every few 100 feet. If you are prone to motion sickness beware!
Written July 9, 2017
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DJDxMKD
New Hope, PA114 contributions
Visited San Galgano in 2006. Drove from Siena to San Galgano. Not much hype, but San Galgano is beautiful. It is a ruined abbey. The walls are intact, but there is no roof or windows, yet it is still very impressive. Very peaceful and quiet. So many Italian sites are overun with tourists, they are loud and bothersome. Not San Galgano, it is a great place to just be outside and relax. Especially for us, American tourists, becasue I don't think I saw another group of americans, mostly Italian tourists (and a large Italian motorcyle touring club), I hate going to another country and being overrun by loud, obnoxious american tourists. San Galgano avoids all that. We bought some of the monks grappas and honey. Nothing overly elaborate, but I definately recommend.
Written May 13, 2008
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DJS
Castelfranco Veneto, Italy216 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Well worth the drive out, very well kept abbey (only walls). The entry ticket allows entry to the museum in town, as well as the church on the hill above with the sword in the stone.
Written March 30, 2018
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Chambesy
Geneva, Switzerland604 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
The Abbazia di San Galgano is a former Cistercian monastery of which a beautiful church without roof remains. Standing in the middle of fields and rolling hills it is a beautiful site. Entrance fee is €2,- or €1,50 (for children up to the age of 18). Lovely to walk through the Abbazia and around the grounds. In the Summer there are often concerts in the Abbazia in the evening. Artists sell their art in a shop on the grounds.

Do take the walk to the hermitage of Montesiepi (about 15 min) to see the sword that San Galgano stuck in the rock after the apparition if Saint Michael, similar to the King Arthur legend. A shop at the hermitage sells postcards, books and local products.
Written August 16, 2015
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Anna C
Island of Malta, Malta18 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
It is a wonderful place to sit and absorb nature. The abbey is in ruins but must have been a magnificent building. The hermitage a few metres away is also worth visiting. An amazing place .
Written December 15, 2014
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Brenda42014
Naples, Italy13 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
This is a church that no longer has a rooftop but the walls are still standing. Now that is about all you will see is the walls of the building. However, the countryside that it sits in and the sky as the rooftop of the church to me is magnificent! The windows are gone too but you see where they were in the wall. Then you can hike up a trail next to a vineyard to see where a man, San Galgano, took his sword and stuck it in a rock after giving up his former ways of knighthood to follow Christ and serve Him. This is in a chapel on a hill that you will see from the abbey. There is plenty of parking which is paved and then you walk to the abbey and chapel hill from the parking lot which is free. Some park along the road which is a lot closer to the abbey. There is also limited parking up on the hill for the chapel. It was about 2 euro per person.
Written December 6, 2014
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