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Built in a nature lover’s paradise… stay at this convent for $45 per day including all meals.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The convent is one of the main mystical sites of the Franciscan world.

A Nature Lover’s Paradise, the Convent is built on the edge of an incredible, mile-high stone mountain that overlooks the Casentino Valley. Quartered in a small Etruscan town, the convent is considered one of the main mystical sites of the Franciscan world. It is where in 1224 Saint Francis of Assisi received the Stigmata from Jesus. In 1213 it was donated to Saint Francis by Count Orlando. The Chapel of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, modeled after the Porziuncola in Assisi, was built between 1216 and 1218; while the construction of the main basilica, Santa Maria Assunta, was begun in 1358 and completed in 1509.

Set in a landscape of superlative beauty the site commingles nature, art and faith. The sanctuary houses an outstanding collection of glazed terra cotta works from the Della Robbia school. Outdoor enthusiasts will find hiking trails indicated with red and white markers by Club Alpino Italiano. Some of the trails lead to Camaldoli while others continue as far as Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.

Nearby is the hilltop citadel of Caprese Michelangelo, birthplace of Michelangelo, recognized genius of the Renaissance. The quaint center of town rests on a green knoll and is distinguished by an ancient castle housing full-sized reproductions of Michelangelo’s sculptures.

The Quadrante, summit of Monte Penna can be reached by traversing an ancient fir and beach forest. Views from the top embrace the valleys of the rivers Arno and Tevere.

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