Subiaco and Mount Cassino

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT BENEDICT

Duration: 8 Hours
Religious place

Description

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.

Activity details

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

PRICING:
From 1 to 2 passengers: 500€ 
From 3 to 4 passengers: 530€ 
From 5 to 6 passengers: 560€ 
From 7 to 8 passengers: 600€ 

The costs above are for 1 English Speaking driver and 1 vehicle for the duration of the tour.
They don’t include entrance tickets, any walking guide service, lunch, drinks nor likely gratuities
Prices can vary according to the month and the availability

• Mount Cassino Abbey visit

• Monastery of St Benedict in Subiaco

• English Speaking driver all day

• Pick up and drop off directly from your accommodation in Rome

• Possibility of lunch at a local restaurant

• First Class vehicle

Your English Speaking driver would pick you up at your accommodation in Rome, at the airport or train station on arrival, or where you prefer within the city of Rome

No deposit required!

We accept payments in Traveler Cheques in Euro or USD. If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents. We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard – No American Express) at the time of the booking, or at the end of each tour/transfer. Please note that if payments are operated with credit cards the total cost of the tour will be increased by 10 %.

We do not accept payments via credit card for amounts below 350 euros. If the payment is made with a credit card at the end of the tour/transfer you will be required to sign an one time payment authorization form, provided by us. If payment is made with a wire transfer the total cost will be increased by 10 %. If you decide to pay in cash you will be asked to pay your driver at the beginning or at the end of the tour/transfer. The Total will be indicated in your final contract.

If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents
Tickets to the Vatican and the Colosseum can be pre-purchased through us and the day of the tour your driver will hand them to you for a better and more efficient service.

Please note that the Colosseum tickets and the Vatican tickets are not refundable, beyond the terms stated, not even in case of the cancellation of your trip.

This is a private tour, so you will not be sharing it with anybody else!
You’ll be escorted by your English speaking driver who will explain all different points of interest. But please note that they are not guides. They cannot enter the sites with you by law.

This is the best way to go!
You and your English speaking driver will talk about the day’s plans before the tour starts

Not included:

• Gratuities (recommended)

Note: 

• Because you will be entering a religious place, you are kindly requested to pay attention to your attire.

• Knees and shoulders must be covered.

• Walking: good hike at the monastery. Moderate for the rest of the tour