The secret places in La Verna Sanctuary

in Casentino, a Tuscan valley with which you can get familiar in every detail through this site

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La Verna, the refectory

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The secret of Verna, Franciscan location in Tuscany

La Verna, seclusionConsidering all the most significant location in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, La Verna has a main role. If, for ten years, between 1214 and 1224, this raw hill located between Casentino and Valtiberina was for the "Poor Man of Assisi" a point of reference for his periods of hermitage, prayers and penance, so, like other locations in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche, suddenly, the 17th of September 1224, became for the life of Saint Francis, a location of incredible importance. Here at the Verna, in this day, some meters from the edge of the cliff, Francis obtained the "Gift of the Stigmas".
This miracle signed (literally speaking) the body of the Saint as well as the future of the Mount of the Verna. After some years, this miracle became famous everywhere and the news spread rapidly, the "raw rock" (so called by Dante after 80 years the sacred event) became the main destination of pilgrimages from everywhere. From the year 1263, year of the edification of the Chapel of the Stigmas, La Verna had for some centuries a continuous architectural and artistic growth, until it became the suggestive and fascinating Franciscan location that today thousands of tourist can admire and that it is well illustrated and described in this section. La Verna, ancient pharmacyall’anno possono ammirare e che è ampiamente descritta e illustrata in questa sezione
There is also at Verna, equally fascinating and maybe even more suggestive, more that than the normal tourists comes to know. It is that secret Verna inside the convent: the seclusion with the sixteenth-century's tondos, the ancient pharmacy, the library with it's treasured books and the big monk's refectory.
This section, with it's thirty pages, will show you this secret Verna. We can't visit it physically, if not for particular reasons like studies, but to know how many other "wonders" this location of Saint Francis hides, will make it even more fascinating the visit to all the other points open to the public, which are


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