La Verna ~ Where St. Francis Received the Stigmata
La Verna is one of the best known Franciscan shrines, located atop glorious mountains of the same name. Amid a thick forest of beech and pine trees in the northern part of the Casentino district of Arezzo in Tuscany, there lies a truly holy and mystical place.
The place was given to St. Francis in 1213 by Count Orlando of Chiusi as a retreat. On September 14, 1224, during one of Francis’ several stays at La Verna, he received the Stigmata. On the floor of the Stigmata Chapel (1263), a stone marks the spot where the Saint received the “the ultimate mark of Christ.”