Eremo delle Carceri, Assisi

Set in a gorge on Monte Subasio, Eremo delle Carceri served as a place of worship and solitude for St. Francis of Assisi during the 13th century. Explore the paths and archways of the retreat, which have been expanded over the centuries since St. Francis' death. Admire the complex's stonework, set on a hillside at an elevation of 791 m (2,595 ft). Wind your way through inner courtyards and small chapels to the cave of St. Francis. A small group of Franciscan monks use the monastery now. The hike up to the monastery—even from the parking lot—is somewhat steep. See Eremo delle Carceri and all Assisi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Assisi online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Beautiful place. Still inhabited by some friars, once inside it makes you reflect on the kind of life that was at the time of St. Francis and of how it is possible that still there are people so devoted to spirituality.
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  • Although a locality outside Assisi, I think after visiting the basilica and the city you should necessarily go to this place. When you enter you immediately understand that it is not a tourist spot, but a place of prayer and meditation. When I arrived I immediately felt the need to sit in silence and in meditation in the Woods where St. Francis was. It is a place that I highly recommend to all pilgrims.
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  • It is a mystical peaceful place high up the mountain in the middle of a forest. It is the place where St Francis of Assisi used to come to pray. The place is surrounded by peaceful pathways amongst the nature. The building is very old with chapels and shrines, the ideal place for the religious and non to meditate and pray in silence. Worth a visit. Better to arrive by car. If you are intrepid and healthy you can walk it up there....4km uphill. It can be very cold so dress appropriately.
  • This is a place of quiet reflection. We walked from St. Rufinios in Assisi to here. 3 mi walk and 1,200 ft up. The gift shop has snacks and coffee bar. Beautiful landscape with birds singing everywhere. Paths were well maintained.
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