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VALLOMBROSA

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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 864 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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VALLOMBROSA, a summer resort of Tuscany, Italy, in the province of Florence, reached by a cable railway 5 M. long from the station of_ S. Ellero (which is 16 m. S.E. of Florence) and 328 ft. above sea-level, on the N.W. slope of the Prato Magno chain. The former monastery, suppressed in 1816, is occupied by the Royal School of Forestry. A number of hotels have been built. Similar summer resorts are situated among the woods above the Casentino or upper valley of the Arno to the east, such as Camaldoli, Badia di Prataglia, &c. Camaldoli was the original headquarters of the Camaldulensian order, now partly occupied by an hotel. Five hours' journey to the S. of the last on foot and 7z M. to the E. of Bibbiena by road is the monastery of La Verna, 366o ft. above sea-level, founded by St Francis in 1215.
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