The Convent of
Montecasale is a good place to visit if you are in the area. Tucked
away in the green hills overlooking Sancepolcro the only way to get
there is a 10 minutes drive out of the town. This building was dates
from 1192, and built on the ruins of a fortress, and there have been
several modifications since then. It was built to accommodate
traveling pilgrims and to offer them a hospice if they were ill.
Capuchin Franciscan friars now live here and are happy to give you a
guided tour of the complex consisting of chapels, cloisters, a
library, a dining room, kitchen and monk cells. It is open to
guided tours during the day from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 and then again from
3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
One can also stay at the convent for a retreat. However, you do have to
contact the friars first to make sure that there is availability and
you need to supply your own bedding and food. In addition there is a
nominal daily fee for your stay.
Here is a map showing you
the location of where the Convent Montecasale is located.
Directions to Convent Montecasale:
Take the Strada Statale 73 out of Sansepolcro that intersects with Via
dei Molini. Head south on the 73 until you come to Strada Comunale
della Montagna. The road will split, take the road on the right and
keep going. You will come to avenues of pine trees. Carry on until you
get to the convent.