La Verna Monastery: the Sanctuary of St Francis founded in 1224

Located in Tuscany, it is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in Italy and represents a site of great importance in both religious and historical terms. This sacred place, nestled in the heart of the Casentino Forest National Park, it is full of a deep spirituality and peace that only nature and prayer can offer.

History of La Verna Monastery

La Verna is closely associated with St Francis of Assisi. According to tradition, it was here in 1224 that the saint received the stigmata. This miraculous event made the monastery a place of great significance for the Catholic Church and for followers of Franciscanism. To this day, the monastery is entrusted to the spiritual care of the Franciscan Order.

Attractions and features of the monastery

The monastery complex comprises a series of chapels, churches and places of prayer, each with its own history and significance. Among the main attractions are the Basilica, with its 16th-century frescoes depicting episodes from the life of St Francis, the Chapel of the Stigmata and the Grotto of St Francis, where the saint would retire to pray in solitude.

The monastery is located over 1200 metres above sea level and the surrounding nature, with its woods and paths, makes La Verna an ideal place not only for spirituality, but also for nature lovers and hikers.

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La Verna Monastery is 73 km from Villa Il Palagio in Colognole.