Cappella di Santa Flora in Noceto

A rural chapel on the outskirts of Castel del Piano, the Cappella di Santa Flora in Noceto was commissioned by the Aldobrandeschi in 1097 and was once the secret hermitage of Camaldolesi Vivo.

Centuries later, the building was abandoned and remained a ruin until the 17th century when it was rebuilt by Francesco Aurelio Ginanneschi, chief physician to the Pope.

The new church was dedicated to the Sacro Cuore or the Sacred Heart, and can still be visited today, if you don’t mind navigating your way around some pretty invasive vegetation.

I don’t know why, but for some reason I am infatuated with this church. Sure it’s seen better days, but it’s so charming and pretty and almost has a mysterious aura about it.

I can’t describe my fascination with it. I guess you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!