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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  • Visiting the hermitage of the prisons means not only experiencing a particular experience in the Franciscan spirit, but also alienating oneself from the noise and collective frenetics of the contemporary world to discover nature, silence, peace... You can visit the original places where Francis prayed and sometimes went to live to find a better relationship with God. Beware because the places are very cramped and you have to do some ' attention in entering (for me that I have the 48 foot was not easy!) Joking aside, a place and an experience to try absolutely!
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  • We decided to take the 4km hike to Eremo delle Carceri. We are in our late 60s and quite fit and made it in less time than was indicated it should take, but its a very steep climb. We worked out the u...  more »
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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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