Badia di San Lorenzo al Lanzo

This now abandoned abbey is the very roots of Civitella Paganico and sits on the road to Siena.

It dates back to the very beginning of the 12th century and is serious disrepair – unsurprising since it has been abandoned since the 15th century. 

It gets a mention from me mostly because it doesn’t have a roof. I always love stumbling across this abandoned churches in the Tuscan countryside. They have a fascinating pagan vibe that I can’t resist. 

Inside are the remaining wooden pews and a lot of debris, but also a perfectly preserved stone altar with a wooden and steel cross and two terracotta urns. 

Keep an eye out for the decorative stonework that features animals and cat heads that all date back to the abbey’s founding. The tiny little bell tower was added in later centuries.