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To Sacro Monte de la Verna

Nature, history, and spirituality

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Religion 
  • Duration: 1.45 hours
  • Length: 2.5 km
  • Difference in height: Uphill 150m
  • Recommended Period: from January to December

La Verna, or Mt. Penna if we use the geographical name, is a particular mountain in southern Casentino area. It represents the crossroads between Tuscany and Umbria and between the northern and central Apennines. However, its uniqueness does not only depend on the fact that it is, from a naturalistic point of view, one of the most important features of the National Park with its monumental forests, its rich and diversified flora and fauna, its calcareous walls and karst phenomena, etc. It is the History, the Culture, and above all the great Spiritual value transmitted by St Francis to His mountain that make La Verna a very beautiful place.
The Nature Trail climbs to Mt. Penna and crosses a place of great naturalistic and spiritual value where religion and nature live together, as an ancient sentence written on the entrance door of the Sanctuary recalls: "Non est in toto sannctior orbe mons" (No holier mountain exists in the world).

Stops:

  1. Where has the sea gone?
  2. The steps of history
  3. The "raft" on the sea of clay
  4. The trees of the "meriggia"
  5. The "realm" of brother greengrocer
  6. The ancient road of «ansilice»
  7. The wings of freedom
  8. La Verna Sanctuary
  9. The monumental forest of La Verna
  10. The flowers of the Mountain of Francis and Fra' Ginepro

La Verna
La Verna
 
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