Three churches and probably three of the most photographed things in Tuscany… and it is not hard to understand why! 1. SAN GALGANO ABBEY When arriving in front of San Galgano, one can only remain astonished: a huge, roofless Gothic cathedral, surrounded by beautifully rolling hills. The abbey of San Galgano stands in the valley of the Merse river, between the villages of Chiusdino and Monticiano, a few kilometers south of Siena. The building has a Gothic style, with a Latin cross layout and three aisles, carved capitals, rose windows, acloister, and halls. The absence of the roof (in 1786, January 6th, the 36 meter-high bell tower collapsed, sweeping up a large part of the church’s cover) gives the place a surreal, magical and unique atmosphere. In summer, San Galgano is the suggestive backdrop of concerts, operas and other events. 2. SANT'ANTIMO ABBEY This is probably one of the most beautiful Roman architectural buildings that you will ever see. The medieval abbey of Sant’Antimo is 9 km from Montalcino, in the province of Siena. At first, there was a small oratory (352). Then, according to legend, Carlo Magno, returning from Rome along the Via Francigena, stopped here to escape the plague that was spreading in the valley nearby. Having survived the epidemic, he decided to give thanks by building the abbey (781). 3. VITALETA CHAPEL Almost too perfect to be true! Small, isolated, surrounded by cypress trees and with the Tuscan hills at their best on the background… The Vitaleta Chapel has become one of the symbols of Tuscany. It was built between 1867 and 1870, on the ruins of the monastery of Saint Francis. A single nave with four side altars and a travertine façade… the rest is just outstandingly beautiful. So, here you have the 3 most wanted, most photographed, most famous churches in Tuscany. But what about the hidden ones? Here is a list of the top 15!
You might also be interested in