Abbazia di San Galgano is perhaps best known for the legend of the sword in the stone, said to have been thrust into a rock near Siena by a medieval knight. The sword, of which only the hilt is visible, is preserved at a small, rounded chapel on a hill right next to this ruined Romanesque abbey. The abbey itself sits in a colorful setting of cypress trees, fields of sunflowers, and rolling green hills. Built sometime in the 13th century, the abbey is named after Galgano Guidotti, a knight who renounced his worldly life and became a hermit--after planting his sword into that legendary rock. The site includes an herbal shop and a small souvenir store. Use our Chiusdino trip itinerary planning website to arrange your visit to Abbazia di San Galgano and other attractions in Chiusdino.
Tours To Abbazia di San Galgano
A private tour to discover San Galgano Abbey and Siena BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $346
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Semi-Private Tour San Galgano Abbey the Tuscan Legend of the Sword in the Rock BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $101
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Abbazia di San Galgano Reviews
If you are driving between Siena and the coast, you can't miss to visit it! A magical place full of charm ... definitely worth seeing! more »
San Galgano left me speechless. The abbey is immense and very well preserved. Standing in the abbey, looking up at the sky will leave you in awe. It dates back to the 14th century and is still used... more »
Highly recommended. It is an very impressiv old building. And the way the sun shines through the antique windows simply amazed me. You do have to pay 4€ to get in but it is totally fine for the things you get to see. I would definitely go there again.
I love buildings with atmosphere. As there is no roof, the play of sun and shadow under the arcs was magical. A wedding just took place there, they will have beautiful photos.
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