La Verna is a very interesting religious pilgrimage destination on Monte Penna. It's the most famous place of devotion for Franciscans
Having been given La Verna in 1213 as a retreat for contemplation, Saint Francis withdrew to it in August of 1224 to fast forty days in preparation for Michaelmas. While praying received the stigmata.
La Verna came to be seen as sacred ground, and today the Sanctuary of La Verna features a large complex of buildings, including a museum.
Today the Sanctuary of La Verna is a pilgrimage destination in the Arezzo province of Tuscany. The religious complex today is huge. There are several churches and chapels to visit, as well as a small museum.
The La Verna Map below shows the location of La Verna and some suggestions for places to stay.
You really need a car to get to the Sanctuary of La Verna in comfort, but for the adventurous, you can take the private Arezzo to Pratovecchio train, and at the station of Bibbiena take a bus to Chiusi della Verna. There is also a bus from Florence that ends in Bibbiena where you can transfer to a bus for Chiusi della Verna, according to this page.
Zoom out the map by using the controls on the left to see all the map markers.
Hotel Ristorante Buca di Michelangelo is at the base of the mountain.
Relais Il Fienile is a large farm converted into an environmentally-friendly residence in the countryside. This might be the place to replicate the silence of La Verna--with a swimming pool.
Corte Dell'oca - The budget choice located to the south of La Verna in the village of Subbiano.
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Sanctuary of La Verna - Religious complex consisting of the Chiesa Maggiore, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Chapel of the Stigmata, Grotto, Cappella della Pieta, Cappella del Beato Giovanni della Verna, Museo del Santuario de La Verna and two cells of St. Francis. There is also a gift shop.
See this early 1900's account of getting to La Verna.
Poppi - An interesting hill town, especially when viewed from the road on your way to La Verna. Many hotels here. Poppi has a castle, the Castello Pretorio, 13th century with the "Devil's Tower" alongside. The Church of San Fedele was originally a monastic church built for the Vallumbrosan Order in the late 13th century. Hotels in Poppi