San Galgano and King Arthur?

August 1, 2008 / Art & Archaeology
So many lovely things come from Tuscany, agreed. But the Arthurian legend, sword, stone and all?! Tuscany, not Cornwall? Time to investigate.

Our search takes us to one of the most beautiful complexes in all of Tuscany, the hermitage of Montesiepi. Built in 1185 in grand Gothic style, it is the mausoleum of Saint Galgano, a once ruthless local nobleman become hermit here upon seeing the Archangel Michael in vision.

The magnificent tufa Abbey is rich with carved capitals and rose-windows, a cloister, halls and bell tower. We’re able to walk freely within the structures, imagining what it would have looked like at its height. Today it only has the sun for a roof and birds fly freely within its walls.

Truly evocative, but so far no sign of Arthur, swords, or even stones for that matter . . .

(…part II here)

Evanne Brandon-Diner

by Evanne Brandon-Diner

Chronicler of local village life in Northern Lazio, and property restoration and purchasing consultant.

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