Off the Beaten Track in Tuscany: the Abbey of San Galgano

The atmospheric Abbey of San Galgano is about half an hour from Siena and a little over an hour from Florence, but if you’re looking for a Tuscan stop with very few foreign tourists, this is it. 

 

Take a photo of the incredible roofless ruin, and don’t miss the opportunity for a great picnic. Up the hill, visit the chapel of Montesiepi to see the real sword in the stone from the 12th century or admire frescoes by Sienese painter Lorenzetti. Buy some locally-made grappa or honey at the adjacent store, or visit during summer opera season. Mass is held in the church on Sundays at 11.30.

 

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