A trek into partial wilderness with dramatic views of the Ciociaria territory and a real glimpse into the lives of the local countryfolk. A far cry from Rome indeed.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: Architecturally speaking, the Cistercian monasteries and churches, owing to their pure style, may be counted among the most beautiful relics of the Middle Ages. Cistercian foundations were primarily constructed in Romanesque and Gothic architecture during the Middle Ages; although later abbeys were also constructed in Renaissance and Baroque. This itinerary takes us to Fossanova Abbey - one of the finest examples of the Burgundian Early Gothic style in Italy with a magnificent rose window, dating from around 1135. The Dominican scholastic Thomas Aquinas died in the abbey in 1274. Moving on to the abbey at Casamari, which is of the same architectural style and marks the site of Cereatae, the birthplace of Gaius Marius, (b. 157 BC – d. 86 BC) and was a Roman general and statesman.
This will depend on your start location (which can be Rome or Rieti), and inclusions in your itinerary, but we normally recommend a full day.