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Places of worship

Hermitage of Calomini

On a cliff face stands this old place of worship in the spot where Maria appeared to a shepherdess

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Strada Provinciale 39

The Hermitage of Calomini is an ancient religious place found in the Garfagnana, along the road which leads to the town of Vergemoli, beyond Gallicano.

The attractive architectural complex is situated at the base of a large cliff face, and according to legend it was built on the spot where a spurt of the purest water emerged from the rocks and the image of the Madonna was revealed to a shepherdess from Calomini.

The oldest part is the sacristy, carved into the rock with a chisel presumably before the year 1000, and was probably the original centre of the holy place.

Hermitage of Calomini
Hermitage of Calomini

In the 17th century the church was decorated with beautiful furniture that was finely carved in walnut and chestnut. You can also visit the old kitchen and the monks’ cells, also dug out like the sacristy.

The sanctuary is a place of peace and prayer, perfect for those who want to distance themselves from the everyday and rediscover their spiritual side.

Fabbriche di Vergemoli
A territory with ancient origins surrounded by two valleys
The large territory around Fabbriche di Vergemoli is enclosed by the inviting mountains of the Garfagnana, a land of villages dotting an area whose beauty can never be mistaken, home to priceless waters, shaded forests and a rich history. Water has always been a vital element in this territory, together with the mountains. ...