Eremo delle Carceri
Eremo delle Carceri
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The retreat high in the mountains above Assisi where St. Francis frequently stayed to meditate and pray.
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sisterbay716
Chicago, IL418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A simply awesome, soul-cleansing experience for all (I even saw Hari Krishnas there!). This is the hermitage of St. Francis of Assisi, who's tomb is in the Basilica in nearby Assisi. Visitors to this free sight see the friars' quarters and dining area (still used by Franciscan friars, several of whom were present), his "bed" (a stone area) where St. Francis slept 800 years ago, and chapels. Then set out on one of many (there were 6-8) hiking trails that lead to grottos -- caves that the friars have used as their small rugged and simple chapels or places of meditation. It is a peaceful, beautiful, and spiritual experience for all. There's a gorgeous view of the Umbrian countryside and many flowers around the incredibly picturesque hermitage. I walked there from Assisi (so as to do what St Francis did) and was not disappointed. It was about 1.25 hours steady climb up, but with photo stops it wasn't too bad. The flowers, scenery, and singing birds were an apt preview of the serene experience that was to come. You can drive or take a cab here, too. Either way the hiking to see the grottos is also up and down and on uneven and potentially slippery services. Still I saw many older people doing this very slowly, which in itself was inspiring! Outside the entrance is one bar/cafe/souvenir stand run by a very nice couple where you can get panini and chips and such. The Eremo provides bathrooms inside the entrance. Note that the contemplation chapel, a somewhat modern area set into the stone cliff with one side of glass to see nature and the view, closes between 12:30-2:30 as does the desk that provides information (though you can still go in). When I was there (April 2024) weekday mass was at 7:30am.
Written 30 April 2024
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Margaret B
Greenbelt, MD712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A group of us went to this beautiful place where St. Francis and his brothers would retreat to the mountain to pray. Peaceful and prayerful. A "thin place," connecting heaven and earth.
Written 23 April 2024
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rosaPDX13
Portland, OR296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
AMAZING to walk from Assisi to the Carceri, just as the book suggests if you want to feel and experience the life of St Francis. There is a bar at the entrance with souvenirs. this is free. Wonderful to spend the entire day walking in the woods around here, seeing the crosses made from twigs left by those praying, walking as St Francis and his brothers did 700 years ago. Many of the nuns speak English and are so helpful. You can crawl into the cave where St Francis slept, and see the expanding building over the centuries built over his cave. there are other caves (fra) from his brothers, and dont miss when exiting his cave the hole in the floor- the devils hole. I walked on paths away from the main paths and found carved crosses in wood with notes and prayers. My soul was fed, a wonderful day of contemplation and a glimpse into the history of an important religious spot.
Written 12 October 2023
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Marilyn_F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We managed to take the country road from Assisi to Eremi Delle Carceri. Must admit that climb was quite though especially since it's all uphill. It's around 4km but at least the shade from the trees and the cool breeze helped ease the difficulty of clambering over big rocks.
All in all, after plenty of pit stops for photos and to catch our breath, we managed to do the climb in less than 2hours ( we did this with 3 children aged 7, 10 and 12 in tow). I think this also served a deeper purpose for our family as it gave us the time to reflect over our journey in life, our attitude, our supporters our baggage and all that falls in between. The Eremi is a mystic experience in itself, with beautiful and peaceful scenery all around. We took the asphalted road back down and I think it is longer and has less shade.
Written 28 June 2023
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Carla C
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Wonderfull place. To pray, to walk, to think, to admire... It's fantastic to see and to feel Saint Francis' life in this place... There are no words to describe it...
Written 13 January 2023
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AlanONYC
Ardsley on Hudson, NY312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
If you'r going to Assisi assume you are doing so because of St Francis -at least in part- if so this is one of those "should see"
Written 19 November 2022
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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland1,886 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It's incredible to realize San Francesco lived here. You can see places where he prayed and slept. The doors/corridors are very narrow - the place is definitely different from others. Around - there is a holy forest with many paths dedicated to certain frairs. It's about 4-5 km away from the city centre.
Written 23 October 2021
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Marilyn X
Carmel Valley, United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Quiet, forested retreat. Wander about, watch for short doorways (!), sit, breathe Views are wondrous.
Written 24 July 2020
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
In this place, St. Francis used to come sporadically to pray in isolation with his companions “imprisoned” (the reason of the name prison in Italian is carceri) in small caves (naturally there were many small caves in the area) by the slopes of Mount Subasio. According to tradition, St. Francis received this hermitage as a gift from the Benedictines. The stone structure was built after St. Francis death; it was much more rustic but still interesting the whole structure itself (natural and historical) with artifacts and frescoes from the late medieval period.

Plenty of carpark before arriving the hermitage; allow at least two hours, long lines; wear comfy shoes and carry drinks; calm, quietness and patience.
Written 18 April 2020
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teemutmantsinen
90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
If you are interested in contemplating Francis of Assisi's life without human herds, voisit this place. Nature is wonderful, site is simple but relaxing and intriquing. Nobody was there to hassle or hush us and we were pleased with all. Downside is the road condition - if you come with a rental car, beware sharp edges of the road.
Written 18 January 2020
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