Convento di Montecasale

Convento di Montecasale, Sansepolcro

Convento di Montecasale
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The monastery dates back to 1192, when the Camaldolese built a small hermitage with a hospital and a hospice for pilgrims along the road that crossed the Alps and the Marche
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Margaret E
22 contributions
All the good things you have read about Montecasale are true.
Jun 2017 • Friends
All the good things you have read about Montecasale are true. I was not prepared to be quite so touched by this very tiny but special, special place. A remarkable spirit of peace imbues Montecasale, making it an unforgettable highlight of our eight day trip to Tuscany. We stayed in Sansepolcro, from which Montecasale is an easy drive. (The distance is also hikeable; one young member of our party walked there and back, taking two hours each way due to the many switchbacks up the steep mountain.) The rustic simplicity, unpretentiousness, very limited nods to modernization, and small size of Montecasale contribute to its power, along with the history of Francis himself. Highly recommended: a guided tour of the chapel and monastery, arranged in advance (our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke only Italian, but we had a good translator). Spectacular views, exquisite mountain air. Go when you are not on a tight schedule; allow time for it to speak to you.
Written 21 December 2017
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lovetotravel792016
New Orleans, LA3 contributions
A place for meditation
Nov 2016 • Family
This small convent in the heart of the tuscan mountains is a place for meditation and contemplation.. the silence and the beauty makes you appreciate this world.
Written 27 November 2016
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John S
Seattle, WA16 contributions
Enchanting Refuge
Nov 2015
Montecasale is a complete and enchanting surprise. All by itself at the end of a long windy road up the mountains surrounded by natural, unspoiled -- almost seemingly untouched -- environs, the place is almost mystical in its beauty and spirituality.
Written 23 May 2016
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Cfhoyng
Englewood5 contributions
Recent visit to Convento di Montecasale
Sep 2015 • Couples
Our group of 5 couples were staying in a villa near Monterchi when the owner/host offered to take us on a tour here. All of us felt this is one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in Italy. The beauty and serenity of this place is amazing. Difficult for Americans to comprehend that this place was built in 1132 A.D. and still functioning as a Monastery. We had the honor of meeting and conversing with several of the Priests currently living there. To stand in a room where St. Francis of Assisi slept is mind-boggling. If you are near Sansepulcro, Tuscany, it is a short drive up a winding road to the top of this mountain. The vistas from this place are worth the time spent.
Written 22 October 2015
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DFD1303
Brisbane, Australia717 contributions
This is Eremo di Montecasale
Sep 2015 • Couples
For visitors here the Convento di Montecasale seems to me to be the same as Eremo di Montecasale.
I have just visited The Eremo and looked at the photos here and it is the same place.
Enjoy it really a fantastic experience.
Written 1 October 2015
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Maria S
Cunha, SP155 contributions
Peace through the millenia
May 2015
Second time I visit, now with my 80 year old mother. It is pure peace and simplicity. No charges, no bureacracy, just a place of pilgrimage where Saint Francis slept on this way from and to Assisi on a worn rock bed where some simple flowers lay. Unpretencious like a place of faith should be and hopefully remain. Worth a visit to absorb that energy of true faith that sits there.
Written 28 May 2015
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cleghorn
United Kingdom126 contributions
MOnetcasale
Oct 2014 • Solo
The monastery is charming, but do walk down the paths round about it and, if you are feeling really like a hike, go down into the valley as there is an amazing strange water feature there down the hillside which you can occasionally glimpse from the road as you drive up. The other thing is inside the monastery if you are really rude and see what door that look shut open you can get into their cloister which is full of flowers and has a little fountain, but do it tactfully. This is one of those places that has been "discovered" in the last three or four years - it has been signed for a long time from the town - and it is all a little more tourist aware than it used to be. Also just up the road is the retreat house where you can get food or drinks.
Written 21 March 2015
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giampiero
Arezzo, Italy62 contributions
great place
Jul 2014 • Family
great place, you will love the atmosphere and spiritual allure of the place, recommended if you are looking for one of the places where San Francis stayed.
Written 3 March 2015
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Agentnumber99_99
Dallas, TX86 contributions
Saint Francis Slept Here!!
May 2014 • Friends
You can not visit Tuscany and not see Montecasale. Our group simply knocked on the door and the friar let us in to explore. He knew were from America. I'm not sure they do that often, but we were blessed that he took kindly to our group. Inside there was a big painting of Saint (Padre) Pio when you walk in. It was just beautiful. The history alone will leave you in awe, and after having the new Pope pick Saint Francis as his guide it makes walking in his foot steps awe inspiring, and leaves you full of goose bumps. The views and the gardens are beautiful, and the inside gives you a nice and peaceful feeling. I was moved to have actually laid on the stone that Saint Francis slept on! You can also see the room where Saint Anthony of Padua slept in. It's truly a beautiful experience and one I highly recommend. Even if you're not religious and you weren't brought-up in the Catholic faith, the views are spectacular and a do not miss! Beautiful, peaceful place. Bring comfortable shoes, because there is a lot of ground to cover. Bring a water bottle as well, and do not forget your camera!
Written 2 August 2014
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