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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Tours to Abbazia di San Galgano
$308 BOOK WITH VIATOR The Sword In The Stone Tour With Lunch and Wine Tasting in Chianti
Duration: 8 hours
$103 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Tour - San Galgano Abbey the Tuscan Legend of the Sword in the Rock
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Abbazia di San Galgano reviews
Nice stop and nice place to make special pictures. It's a short visit, but nice to do. Parking is free, but you have to walk 15 minutes to the abbey. more »
We decided to have a stop here, thinking we could make it in half hour (because we thought that it was ONLY the abandoned abbey in the middle of nowhere) but as 1st timers we did some mistakes. Any..... more »
Highly recommended. It is an very impressiv old building. And the way the sun shines through the antique windows simply amazed me. You do have to pay 4€ to get in but it is totally fine for the things you get to see. I would definitely go there again.
I love buildings with atmosphere. As there is no roof, the play of sun and shadow under the arcs was magical. A wedding just took place there, they will have beautiful photos.
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