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Abbazia di San Galgano, Italy
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San Galgano Abbey (Abbazia di San Galgano) is located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of Siena, near the border with the province of Grosseto and two small villages Monticiano and Chiusdino. This is the area of Val di Merse, densely populated, rich in churches and castles, villages, convents and monasteries also known for its unspoiled nature and the pristine beauty of Tuscan hills and valleys.
What Makes It Special
The Abbey of San Galgano is one of the places of main attraction in Tuscany. Its pure Gothic style, frescoes on the monastery walls made by the great painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti, intertwining true story and the legends - make the place unique and worth of visiting. Some people say that the tale of sword stuck in the rock could have been brought by French Cistercian monks from Tuscany to France and became one of the key elements of King Arthur's saga. (The sword in the stone, which is in the Chapel of Monte Siepi, has been thought a fake, but in 2001 the Siena University researched the relic and came to the conclusion that the sword is 12th century authentic.)
Directions To Destination
Driving is your best option San Galgano Abbey. Driving directions: from Rome ( driving distance 70 miles) you can take the SS1 Aurelia to Grosseto, and then road 223 Grosseto-Siena and exit at San Lorenzo a Merse. Follow the signs for Monticiano than use the map.
Best Time To Go
All year round. In July and August you can enjoy concerts held in the Abbey.
Where To Stay
San Galgano Abbey visitors usually stay in one of cities or medieval towns in the area: San Gimignano 32 miles; Massa Marittima 30 miles; Siena 19 miles or two small villages Monticiano and Chiusdino. Siena is the closest place to San Galgano Abbey. Here are our picks in Siena:
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
One hour can suffice for walking around the Abbey. It is open all day long but the Chapel is open only in the mornings. There are Petriolo Hot Springs within 20-minute drive from San Galgano. You can stop there for a dive.
Tags: Abbazia di San Galgano; Capella di Monte Siepi; Chapel of Montesiepi; Chiusdino; French Cistercian monks; Galgano Guidotti; Gothic (2); Grosseto; Maremmana Road; Massetana Romana; Monticiano; San Galgano Abbey; Siena (2); Siena University; Tuscany (4); Val di Merse