Tip of the Month

Each month we highlight a place of interest around the globe that we consider as unique as Borgo di Vagli. The tips are selected as they either show respect for the environment, nature, and architectural beauty or are deeply indigenous to their individual origin. This month we have chosen to highlight the Frati Cappuccini Convent - Eremo "Le Celle" a hidden treasure of Cortona.

The convent of "Le Celle" is one of the first Franciscan settlements chosen by Francis of Assisi. The name "Le Celle" is prior to the arrival of St. Francis and was perhaps due to the presence of small constructions built between the rocks, consisting of peasants and shepherds’ huts and preferably mills, located up to recent times along the river to exploit the impetus of the waters. The place had to appear remote and wild to the Saint, as it still appears today both upstream and downstream of the building.

Much further upstream was a small church dedicated to the Archangel St. Michael probably built during the Lombard invasion in Italy, a church still present today, but transformed into a civil dwelling and aimed at hospitality, always owned by the Convent. The Hermitage "Le Celle" is the first convent built by St. Francis of Assisi (1211) and was inhabited by him even after receiving the stigmata, and it is probably here that he will dictate his "Testament" in May 1226, a few months before his death, one of his most precious writings where he summarizes all his spiritual experience.

Strada dei Cappuccini, 1
Cortona - Tel. 0575-603362  



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