You can not help but be filled with nostalgia at the Abbey of San Galgano for years gone by, so many stories, so much history.
The Abbey of San Galgano is not the only sight of interest at this location. Just outside the Abbey, there are signs toward the Hermitage of Monte Siepi in memory of San Galgano’s death in 1181. Legend has it that San Galgano embedded his sword in stone as a show of his new life in faith and peace.
Construction began around 1220 and was completed some six decades later when it allied with the Republic of Siena. Sadly, the republic failed to protect it from roving condottiere and the monastery was despoiled beginning 1363. Only the abbot remained towards the end of the 14th-century. The fell of the campanile took the roof of the church with it.
Thankfully the Abbey’s chapter house, part of the scriptorium, its windows, and an apse rose window still stand.
A small playground, coffee, cakes, drinks, and snacks are available at the wine bar on the downhill paved road. A perfect spot to relax, take photos of the beautiful views, and then embark on your way back home.
San Galgano, the first gothic church built in Tuscany, is about 35km south of Siena and you can reach it by car. There is parking available just before the beautiful alley of cypresses, so you have about a 2-minute walk to the actual ruins.
At 3€ per ticket you can visit the Abbey from 09h00 until 19h00, except for:
Florence Airport (FLR) to Abbey of San Galgano will take you about 90 minutes by car and is about 101 km from each other.
An alternative airport but a slightly longer route is Pisa (PSA). By car, the 158 km trip via the E80 should take you about 2 hours.