SUBIACO AND MOUNT CASSINO
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT BENEDICT
Just one hour south of Rome, in a Region called Ciociaria, nestled in the mountains is the Monastery of St. Benedict. Rich in art and spirituality you will have the chance to explore the beauty of this immaculate religious site. Again, crossing all the hilltops and mountains of the same region you will reach eventually the historical Abbey of Montecassino.
PICK UP TIME Suggested 8:00 am so that we will beat the traffic out of the city and we will back right on time before the traffic builds up (it is flexible and you decide whenever during the day).
MONASTERY OF ST BENEDICT in Subiaco We will reach first Subiaco area, just about one hour south drive from Rome. A peaceful parking in the woods where we will leave the minivan and after about 10-minute walk through nature, we will approach the amazing monastery. It enshrines the cave (Sacro Speco) in which St. Benedict lived as a hermit before he organized his first monastic community. Located amid spectacular natural scenery, the monastery is still active but welcomes visitors to pray at Benedict’s cave and explore the church covered in beautiful medieval frescoes. Among the many fascinating frescoes is a portrait of St. Francis of Assisi painted during his lifetime. You will spend about 1 hour exploring it. We will leave the Subiaco area at around 10.45 am
TIME FOR A BREAK After leaving Subiaco area we will drive through the beautiful mountains and hills of the region, crossing it horizontally towards Monte Cassino. As we approach the town of Monte Cassino, you will find their lots of lunch options. Or a typical trattoria or even something quicker to keep more time to explore the Abbey. You will reach the time of the Monte Cassino at around 12.30 pm
MONTECASSINO ABBEY after lunch it will be time to explore this fantastic site. Talking about St. Benedict he moved to Montecassino in 528, where he remained the rest of his life. Here he wrote his Rule, a set of guidelines for laymen wishing to live a spiritual life pleasing to God. The Rule of St. Benedict would become the pattern for monastic rules across medieval Europe. In World War II, the hill of Monte Cassino was part of a German defensive line guarding the approaches to Rome. Montecassino became the target of an assault. After the assault by Allied troops, it was destroyed by air bombardment. The hill was captured at the dreadful loss of lives from the Polish Army and Italian refugees. After the war, the abbey was rebuilt based on the original plans. Today, Montecassino is a working monastery and continues to be a pilgrimage site by virtue of the surviving relics of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. It is also a popular tourist destination for its historical importance and its attractive buildings. At around 03.00 pm / 03.30 pm we will leave Montecassino to return to Rome.
Ride back to Rome, aiming at arriving by 04.00 pm