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THE HERMITAGE of PIENZA
ANCIENT PLACE OF WORKSHIP AND PRAYER
|The visit to the ancient hermitage of Pienza is probably one of the most fascinating and special experiences not included in the usual tourist routes in the area: a secret door giving access to Etruscan and Roman history, a place where you can immerse yourself in a mistical, distant, and unsettling atmophere.
"the unique grassy area covered in ancient ivy and surrounded by ageing oaks, can be reached though a narrow lane with steep steps". The Hermitage has stood there for many years, rejected, forgotten and neglected, closed even to the visits of those who knew of its secret existence.
When the Moricciani family became owners of the property, in 1993, they decided to save and restore it, so that it could be enjoyed by all those who love these mysterious place.
|They gathered all the information they could find about this amazing rocky structure dug out of the sandstone bank underneath the church of Santa Caterina, in order to make this available to visitors.|
It has stood there for centuries, a place chosen by the pious to live a solitary life devoted to penitence and prayer, but the idea that it might be an ancient Etruscan tomb used again and again over the centuries as a hermitage makes this visit unique and exciting.
The shaft of light slanting through the narrow windows of the cell, emphasises the outlines and folds of the garments, creating an atmophere of an oriental altar. The whole ambience, with its play of light and shadow and its mysterious angles, impresses and fascinates the visitor, who finds himself in a place deeply permeated with the sacred and the mysterious.