Abbazia di San Galgano, Chiusdino

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Abbazia di San Galgano is perhaps best known for the legend of the sword in the stone, said to have been thrust into a rock near Siena by a medieval knight. The sword, of which only the hilt is visible, is preserved at a small, rounded chapel on a hill right next to this ruined Romanesque abbey. The abbey itself sits in a colorful setting of cypress trees, fields of sunflowers, and rolling green hills. Built sometime in the 13th century, the abbey is named after Galgano Guidotti, a knight who renounced his worldly life and became a hermit--after planting his sword into that legendary rock. The site includes an herbal shop and a small souvenir store. Use our Chiusdino trip itinerary planning website to arrange your visit to Abbazia di San Galgano and other attractions in Chiusdino.
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  • 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. 
    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.  more »
  • Beautiful place. Easy parking and proper paths to walk along ( I use a wheelchair, so ideal) If you are lucky you might get to see a wedding taking place - the abbey is still open to the public... 
    Beautiful place. Easy parking and proper paths to walk along ( I use a wheelchair, so ideal) If you are lucky you might get to see a wedding taking place - the abbey is still open to the public...  more »
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  • Very interesting building in very nice surroundings. There is an entrance fee to enter the building but you can also just walk around on the outside if you like. There is very little information about the place but the ticket also allows you to visit the museum close by where u might get more information.
  • Picturesque and suggestive it conjures imagines of times past when hardy folks tried, and sometimes failed, to tame the land and build something greater than themselves. There is an "agriturismo" just in front of the cathedral and you can also enjoy a dish of cold cuts and cheese with a glass of wine after the visit. It is a "forced" stop for photography lovers and a very nice detour for everyone else.

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