Monastero Di Fonte Avellana, Serra Sant'Abbondio

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4.2/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Fonte Avellana or the Venerable Hermitage of the Holy Cross, is a Roman Catholic hermitage in Serra Sant'Abbondio in the Marche region of Italy. It was once also the name of an order of hermits based at this hermitage.HistoryFonte Avellana was established by a group of hermits living at that site around 980. The tradition of the monastery holds that it was founded by Ludolfi Pamfili, a former soldier, later hermit. It was closely connected to the reforms of St. Romuald, and its early customs and documents share much in common with the nearby hermitage of Camaldoli which Romuald founded. In 1035 Peter Damian entered the community, where he became a Benedictine monk and became prior in 1143. He enlarged the library, constructed a nearby cloister, and established a monastic house near San Severino. Albertino of Montone later also became prior there.It was raised to the status of an abbey in 1325, and remains the only Camaldolese house to have such a designation (all other such houses being designated simply as hermitages or monasteries). It soon came under lay control, however, and the fortunes of the community quickly deteriorated. The community, in fact, eventually became part of the Camaldolese congregation. Nevertheless, it continued in existence, until it was scattered by Napoleonic forces. Yet after the upheavals of that period, the monastic community was again established and continues today as a major house of the congregation.
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  • Nestled in the Woods (and not too easily accessible) has become well known for the quotation from Dante in his Divine Comedy. From what I saw visitor management and guided tours are not made by monks (non ho capito se because it is a Hermitage) and parts that can be visited are really a small thing (without taking anything away from obviously the right of confidentiality of those who live there) but I took little readiness for opening to the outside. Even the pharmacy sells products actually coming mostly from other monasteries.
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  • Good feeling the return to this monastery where peace reigns supreme ... Unfortunately the outline and then the recreational part, though pleasant and discreet, is on the verge of taking over the spiritual part that honestly is the real strength of the monastery. Just a guided tour with a smart and gruff, will dip into the soul of this sacred place. We were lucky and we thank the Lord!! Beautiful and interesting, besides the Basilica, the library! Good refreshment for the soul!!
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  • The place is cute, the monastery nearby. It really is a bit out of the way than the ordinary routes.
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  • Beautiful monastery, surrounded by a wonderful landscape. To visit.
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  • Fantastic place. Hermitage beautiful. You can't see it.
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