Romitorio – in Pienza, near the church of Saint Catherine – exudes ancient charm, with a series of rooms carved into sandstone where hermit monks used to live between the 11th and the 18th centuries. It is also blessed with a wonderful location, both in terms of pleasant weather and lovely views.
In the upper part of the structure, a chapel from the mid-16th century protects a high relief of the “Nursing Madonna”, a common depiction linked to the worship of fertility, which pilgrims came to visit until the early 1900s.
In the lower part, instead, the remains of rupestrian sculptures were found, dating back to the period between the 14th and 15th centuries; amongst them, the image of a two-tailed mermaid stands out.
With the stone rooms’ windows looking out to the Val d’Orcia, Romitorio is as beautiful as its surroundings. Enjoy a glimpse of this ancient and sacred place, in Francesca Pagliai’s photo reportage.
Romitorio, Pienza (Siena)