Sometimes it's interesting to leave the present and immerse themselves in ancient stories: if you are curious to cross the threshold of the time you read this story occurred in the end of 1100 near Travale. Farmhouse Colli di Travale was in origin an ancient convent joint to the powerful Cistercian Abbey of St. Galgano, which is far about km. 20.
The original nucleus of the monastic complex Cistercian of Saint Galgano (Galgano Guidotti 1148-1181) is constituted by the hermitage of Montesiepi, built in Roman style as mausoleum of the Saint between the 1182 and the 1185. It encloses, beyond to the tomb of the saint, the famous rock with the sword. A mysterious "sword in the stone", thrust into a rock near Siena by a medieval knight, proves that the legend of King Arthur, Excalibur and the Holy Grail originated in Tuscany, not Cornwall or Britain.
It's towards the end of 1100 A.D. This story tells about a round chapel, a knight and a sword in the stone. But instead of the mythical kingdom of Camelot, we are in Montesiepi, in the heart of Tuscany.
The sword in the stone is not Excalibur and the knight is not King Arthur.
The Cistercian abbey was built to honor St Galgano, a 12th-century Tuscan nobleman named Galgano Guidotti who renounced a life of violence to become a hermit after seeing a vision of the Archangel Michael.
To symbolize his rejection of war, he plunged his sword into the rock, leaving only the hilt exposed to form the shape of the Cross.
The story of St. Galgano and his sword is the origin of the myth of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
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