Umbria and the Marches Sights

Eremo delle Carceri

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 04/23/2016

Fodor's Review

About 4 km (2½ miles) east of Assisi is a monastery set in a dense wood against Monte Subasio. The "Hermitage of Prisons" was the place where Saint Francis and his followers went to "imprison" themselves in prayer. The only site in Assisi that remains essentially unchanged since Saint Francis's time, the church and monastery are the kinds of tranquil places that Saint Francis would have appreciated. The walk out from town is very pleasant, and many trails lead from here across the wooded hillside of Monte Subasio (now a protected forest), with beautiful vistas across the Umbrian countryside. True to their Franciscan heritage, the friars here are entirely dependent on alms from visitors.

Sight Information


Via Santuario delle Carceri, Assisi, Umbria, 06081, Italy



Sight Details:

  • Donations accepted
  • Nov.–Mar., daily 9–5:30; Apr.–Oct., daily 9–6:30

Published 04/23/2016


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