The path of St. Francis on his way back to Assisi touches some villages in Tuscany, among which we can mention Castiglion Fiorentino and especially Cortona, a place loved by the Saint. During his journeys looking for spirituality and kindness towards everyone, Francis always tried to stop by in Cortona, a place that still shows the track of his journeys thanks to the ancient Franciscan convent and the churches and basilicas connected to him. The most important stage of this journey is the Cells of Saint Francis, a thirteenth-century hermitage founded by the Saint and not far from Cortona.
It is located in an inlet of Mount S. Egidio and its position allows you to admire the splendid Valdichiana from above. The cells are today a place of prayer, in which the Capuchin friars have been present since 1537. Here you arrive tired due to the long path but then your soul and spirit are lifted thanks to the atmosphere of the place. The evocative silence, the cordiality of the Capuchin friars, the cells and structures that exclude any distraction and thought and the unspoiled nature that dominates the valley and Valdichiana Aretina. The cells of St Francis are the ideal place to find peace and harmony, to grasp the beauty of nature and above all to relive the teachings of the Saint and understand at least in part what Francis felt when he arrived in this hermitage, almost a thousand years ago.
Le Celle di Cortona Eremo Francescano - S Francesco e la sua cella