Monastery of San Girolamo

June 23, 2009 / Places
San Gimignano
sangirolamo1A short “City Bus” ride or walk from Porta San Giovani, far away from the packs of international visitors… sleeps the Monastery of San Girolamo. Run by the cloistered Vallombrosane order of female monks, it was initially founded by Santa Berta in 1075.

Today, Sister Maddalena from Padova who entered the community in 1975, takes care of greeting overnight guests, travelers and pilgrims alike, according to the typically Benedictine style of hospitality: with kindness and welcoming “as if they were Christ Himself.”

sangirolamo2An easy-going woman in her mid 50s, she explains that there are no paintings in the monastery because people “only really need the essential.” The essential here includes astonishingly clean and crisp white sheets, so soft they could be made of silk, and floors that literally pass the “white sock test”.

Secret tip: A couple meters from the wooden door of the “foresteria,” (where guests stay), is the dusty 12th century Church of San Jacopo, founded by the Templar Knights. Ask Sister Maddalena all about it… she just might slip you the keys, shhh!



– Contributed by Alejandra Fabris, Editorial Intern, senior, American University of Rome

3 Responses to “Monastery of San Girolamo”

  1. Claudia McCadden

    Mu husband and I just love San Gimignano. We have been there only twice. The hills, scenery, shops and the wine are to die for.When we were there we visited Pierluigi Gianchi of Toscano winery for wine tasting. I can only say that San Gimignano is such a wonderful, heavenly place to visit.
    I did not know of the Monastery of San Girolamo. I certainly will visit the Monastery the next time we visit San Gimignano,
    Thank you for sending me these tid-bits of Italy. I enjoy them so very much.

  2. Great article and wonderful description of a special place. I especially like the secret tip. Nice work!

  3. linda powers

    What a beautiful and charming place – like stepping back in time. Spending the day there was a delight for my daughter and me while traveling through Tuscany. Definitely a highlight of our trip!


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