Hermitage of Montesiepi, Tuscany

When most people think of the sword in the stone, they think of the legend of King Arthur. But there is actually a sword in the stone right in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, at the Hermitage of Montesiepi. Legend maintains that a local knight named Galgano Guidotti renounced his violent and sinful lifestyle by driving his sword into a stone, lived out the rest of his life as a hermit, and later became a saint! Located on a hilltop in the idyllic Val di Merse near Siena, the rotunda was built in the 12th century and contains frescoes by the great Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Buona visita!

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