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It was in this woodland around the year 1300 that Vivaldo Stricci, a Franciscan from San Gimignano, withdrew to live the life of a hermit. He was found dead in 1320. Two centuries later the Franciscans established a community here in the forest to guard the saint's body, thereby creating the village of San Vivaldo.

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  • Sacro Monte Convent

    Via Ecce-Homo I - 50050 San-Vivaldo

    Between 1500 and 1520, the Franciscans built 33 chapels around their monastery, only 17 of which are still standing today. The chapels are miniature reproductions of the holy places in Jerusalem, and all contain superb painted terracotta pieces repre..

  • Church

    I - 50050 San-Vivaldo

    Immediately after the death of Vivaldo, a small chapel was built near the chestnut tree where his body was found. A church was built beside it in the 15C, whose first chapel contains St Vivaldo's body. Above the altar is a pleasant Nativity by Giovan..

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