We’ve been here before but we had to return for the Sword.
For me, the Abbey of San Galgano is easily the most impressive monument of Italy so far. The pull is strong and it takes me back to certain paintings and old photographs, probably off postcards. It’s as if I was there yet, and it was hazy and hot. Who knows in what epoch that was, maybe in the times when a certain sword got stuck in the stone.
When we visited Monticiano three years ago, I was not yet as prepared as I am now. The name of San Galgano meant nothing to me, but we kept seeing the markers and said, okay, why not. What awaited us was a huge skeleton of a building without a roof which you can enter for 2 EUR (for dogs is free) and then stroll around aghast.
I posted many photos from there on my first blog but I just might repost some here one day soon. Only when we returned home I read about the sword in stone, kept in the church on the hill above the Abbey. We saw the church but proclaimed ourselves too tired to climb the (very gentle) slope.
That’s why we returned about two weeks ago, and this time we only had eyes for the church on the hill. This is how it went.
Photo: © signature mmm