Fonte Avellana Monastery, Serra Sant'Abbondio
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The Ancient Fonte Avellana Monastery
A small group of hermits seeking quietude for their spiritual practices founded Fonte Avellana in the 10th century. It grew over time becoming an important centre of the Benedictine monastic order. The monks made parchments from sheepskins and copied ancient Latin and Greek manuscripts. The scriptorium room where they worked is one of a few in Italy that have remained unchanged by time, undamaged by earthquakes and bombardments during the Second World War. Today Fonte Avellana is home to nine Camaldolese monks, whose daily lives are filled with prayers and manual labour. The Fonte Avellana monastery has guest rooms not only for believers but also for those, who are interested in monastery stays, experiencing monastic life and meditation. There are many beautiful hikes in the area. Price: €60 full board (room, breakfast, lunch, dinner).
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