TOUR THROUGH THE TERRE DI SIENA FROM SIENA TO SAN GALGANO
From here follow the road sign to San Galgano. Here you should visit the San Galgano Abbey (pic n°6) built between 1218 and 1288. It is one of the first buildings in Central Italy that was built following the new tenets of the gothic architecture arriving from France. However, the unusual combination of the materials that were used such as the Travertine stones and the Sienese bricks, could not be more Tuscan. In the late 18th century, a lightning bolt struck the bell tower and together with it also the remaining parts of the roof collapsed.
After visiting the abbey, walk up the path to the Pieve di Montesiepi also known as the Rotonda di Montesiepi (because of its round mausoleum-like architectural outline) and Eremo (hermitage) di Montesiepi. The current building was probably erected in the 14th century on the base of a pre-existing one.
It was here where Galgano Guidotti, the later Sainte Galgano, became a hermit in 1180. This decision was induced by various dreams and visions that lead him to stop his ruthless life. As a worldly sign of his inner change, Galgano stuck his sword into a rock on the hill of Montesiepi and therefore, turned himself from a knight to a hermit and his sword from a weapon to a cross.
After your visit here, the tour is over and you can go back to Siena.
It is long about 152 kilometers
Some pictures about the tour "from Siena to San Galgano":
Chianti hills (pic n°1); The village of Murlo (pic n°2); Poggio Civitate (pic n°3); Merse Reserve (pic n°4); Monticiano (pic n°5); San Galgano Abbey (pic n°6)
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