La Verna (Santuario Francescano)

La Verna (Santuario Francescano), Chiusi della Verna

La Verna (Santuario Francescano)

La Verna (Santuario Francescano)
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elizabeth h
4 contributions
Gorgeous spiritual retreat
Sep 2018
This was my second visit -- stayed in pilgrim's dormitory one night and in reserved room second night. La Verna is St. Francis of Assisi's 1st monastery, built on huge cliff in the middle of the Casintinese Forest. Location is breath taking as is the construction itself and the large number of very large Della Robbia altar pieces.
Written 29 September 2018
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runza
163 contributions
Misticism is not just a word
Aug 2018 • Family
This place brings you closer to your inner spirituality, to one's best part; too often forgotten. Too often ignored. To visit is a must; regardless if one's belief
Written 30 August 2018
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Lina R
Aarhus, Denmark31 contributions
Very good
Jul 2018 • Family
Interesting history. It is a very nice location. Beautiful view from the courtyard. Very much worth the visit
Written 12 August 2018
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KL1234_12
Taipei, Taiwan107 contributions
A Surprise on a Remote Mountain Top
May 2018 • Couples
We stayed in the sanctuary on top of Casentino mountain for one night, only to find that it was not enough. It provided comfortable lodging and good food for visitors and pilgrims alike. This is the place where St. Francis was said to have received his stigmata in 1224. There are many small chapels and a Corridor of the Stigmata to commemorate this and other miracles and saints. These chapels contain numerous treasures of art, notably the many beautifully glazed terracotta by "the Old and the Young" della Robbias, along with other paintings and frescos. Behind the buildings was a well-preserved spruce-beech forest, in which it was said that there were many animal species. We did not walk long enough to view them but heard numerous birds singing. Everyday in the afternoon there is a parade commemorating Stigmata led by the Franciscan priest and followed by all the visitors and pilgrims. On the day we were there the parade was led by the abbot of the monastery, who speaks good Chinese with us with very good sense of humor, holding a large wooden cross in front of this solemn procession. There were so much to see that we decided that we should come back for another visit.
Written 5 June 2018
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Patricia G
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions
Breathtaking experience.
Apr 2018 • Friends
We visited the Sanctuary by car. It is very high in the mountains and quite spectacular to visit. After a little walk we reached a place of such peace. I understand why Saint Francis chose this area. The church had many masses during the day. This Sanctuary has many beautiful sculptures by Andrea Della Robbia. They are exceptional. The different chapels are ver interesting. One chapel must be inline for the world’s smallest chapel. I was amazed by the bed of St Francis. He certainly didn’t go for comfort.
Not many realise the great importance of this Sanctuary as this is where Saint Francis received the stigmata.
A very moving experience to visit here.
Written 25 April 2018
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Jon B
Sydney, Australia53 contributions
A most special place
Apr 2018 • Couples
We approached Santuario della Verna on foot, walking through tall forests with moss covered rocks. Glimpses of cliffs were possible through the trees. We continued walking higher and then rounded a corner to be awestruck by the monastery built high above us.
We stayed overnight in the pellegrino dormitory and received a simple dinner and breakfast, all for €25.
Seeing the cave of Frances was an unexpected highlight. We joined the Franciscans for morning prayer at 7 am in the basilica, with many others attending the service.
Other persons told me how they also felt moved by being in this most special place.
Written 10 April 2018
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kvavik U
Santa Fe, NM265 contributions
Superb
Oct 2017 • Couples
We visited the Sanctuary in October and were totally taken aback by the setting, its history and religious importance. But most of all, we were amazed by the fantastic collection of Andrea della Robbia sculptures - their beauty, size, prominence in making the Sanctuary the important place it is. One can admire the works of the della Robbia family in many locations, but to see so many in one location and with such an effect is overwhelming.

We did a day trip from Cortona driving via Arezzo outbound and Sansepolcro on the return. Which ever way you go, you will encounter narrow, twisting mountain roads. We found the Sansepolcro route easier.

At 3:00 PM, a religious service was held, at which time access to key areas of the Sanctuary are temporarily closed.

Although not advertised, it was possible to buy a sandwich at the restaurant.

The walk from the parking lot took about 15 minutes on a walkable road - all uphill.
Written 24 October 2017
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jennybell2013
Ballina, Australia33 contributions
Sleepover on our "Way of St Francis"
Oct 2017 • Friends
It was great to sleep in this very old accommodation while on our "Way of St Francis". We had very comfortable beds in a warm room and a good shower! Our supper with the locals was very special after the Prayer service in memory of St Francis of Assisi- this was the anniversary of St Francis becoming a saint. Breakfast was very basic. The walk into the monastery was hard climbing but beautiful through an enchanted forest- we walked from Bradia Prataglia. A great cultural experience.
Written 11 October 2017
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irina t
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro56 contributions
Fantastic!
Jun 2017 • Couples
It's a sacred mountain, where St.Francise built his monastery and founded the franciscan order. It is fantastically beautiful and feels special. Must visit. There is plenty of free parking even in high season. Situated at the altitude of 1,2 km it is much cooler there than below. If you want to escape heat and charge yourself with extra energy - go there. There is a charity shop in the monastiry, you can donate or take something, donating money. Found classic music vinil there.
Written 26 June 2017
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LocalHerotwo
New York City, NY73 contributions
A special St. Francis place
May 2017 • Family
This is a very sacred place where St. Francis spent important time. This is located in the National forest where Francis received the stigmata of Jesus.
It's extremely quiet and contemplative and very different from the commercial aspect of Assisi. If you are at all interested in the life of St. Francis, this is an important place to visit.
Written 25 June 2017
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