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Convento di San Francesco, Colle Val d'Elsa - Photo ©Sailko
HOLIDAY HOMES
Centro Tabor

Centro Tabor opened its doors to pilgrims in 2012 but the history of its host building, the Convent of San Francesco, goes back centuries.

In 1229 permission was granted to the Blessed Franciscan Pietro Gargalini, a native of Colle Val d'Elsa francescano, to built an oratory, giving life to one of the first Franciscan settlements in Tuscany. It was reconsecrated in 1485, having been scarred by Duke Alfonso of Calabria's troops during the 1479 siege of Colle. In 1866 the Convent was suppressed and its artworks removed: St Francis and St Ludwig of Toulouse, from a polyptych by Lippo Memmi, a Madonna and Child by Sano di Pietro and a Madonna and Child with St Dominic and St Francis by Pier Francesco Fiorentino are now all located in the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Siena. Over the years the Convent has functioned as a hospital and a military barracks.

The purpose of the episocopal seminary dates back to 1940, thanks to the Bishop of Colle Val d'Elsa Francesco Niccoli, who bought the premises in 1937 and began to programme of restructuring. A final restoration took place in 1992, which allowed parts of the original frescoes, attributed to Cennino Cennini, Giovanni Maria Tolosani and Pier Francesco Fiorentino, to be uncovered.

Source: Wikipedia

GENERAL INFO
Address
Parcheggio Rimembranza, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa SI, Italia
Municipality
Colle di Val D'Elsa (SI)
Parish
Santa Caterina
Accommodation contact person
Cristian Ivan
Telephone
327 6799124
Managing institution (parish, confraternity, association….)
Diocesi di Siena
Km from the via Francigena
50 m
TECHNICAL INFO
Bathrooms
10
Showers
10
Sinks
10
Hot water
Yes
Opening hours
24 hours a day
Opening period
Always open in spring, summer and autumn. From November to March only groups of at least 25 people.
Number and types of rooms
10 bedrooms of 4 beds each for a total of 40 sleeping places
Summer and winter beds
No difference
The representative sleeps on site
Yes
Recycling
Yes
Accessibility
No: the building is very old and interventions for those with disabilities have not been made
COSTS
Overnight stay
15 euros in summer, 20 euros in winter
Dinner
Dinner available for groups (10 euros per person)
Breakfast
Breakfast available for groups (3 euros per person)
PILGRIMS' SERVICES
Kitchen use
No
Laundry
No
Dryer
No
Drying racks
Yes
Bicycle storage
Yes
Enclosed space for donkeys and horses
No
Dogs permitted
Yes, at the discretion of the other guests
Wi-Fi
No
Backpack/suitcase transfer
Yes
Bed on the floor
No
Tent in the garden (if yes, n. of spots)
No
Booking (specify groups or individuals, and with mandatory notice)
Booking necessary both for groups and individuals
Access with pilgrims' credentials
Not mandatory
Bedsheets and blankets
No
CONFESSION
Name (priest, religious figure, monk, nun)
Don Enrico Ferraresi
Adress
Via S. Marziale, 1 – 53034 - Gracciano, Colle di Val D'Elsa (SI)
Telephone
0577 928667
Accessibility
Yes