Santa Maria degli Angeli

Church & Sacred SiteSt Francis' Spot
St Francis' Spot


  • Original Santa Maria degli Angeli church
  • Andrea della Robbia’s Assumptive Mary
  • Built by St Francis and his followers
Via del Santuario della Verna, 45, 52010 Chiusi della Verna AR, Italy


Welcome to Santa Maria degli Angeli at Santuario della Verna, where history and spirituality intertwine in the heart of Tuscany. This enchanting church, built by St. Francis and his followers, marks the original center of the monastery. Discover the captivating works of the Della Robbia family, experience the divine connection to St. Francis, and follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked these sacred grounds for centuries.

Culture & History

The origins of Santa Maria degli Angeli date back to 1216 when St. Francis built the church after experiencing a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary. The church is named after St. Francis’ home in Assisi, and it represents the starting point around which the monastery complex was developed. Count Orlando of Chiusi donated the land to St. Francis on May 8, 1213, as a retreat for contemplation and solitude. The church was later enlarged in 1250 and consecrated in 1260. Today, the church stands as a testament to the deep spiritual connection between St. Francis and the Tuscan landscape, preserving its ancient history and captivating artistry.

This holy site offers pilgrims a unique opportunity to connect with St. Francis’ devotion to nature and solitude. The church’s serene surroundings and spiritual energy inspire awe and wonder, enriching one’s pilgrimage experience.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: October 4th

Celebrated annually on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi commemorates the life and legacy of the beloved saint. Pilgrims gather to honor his teachings, life, and devotion to nature and simplicity.

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