CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN: and follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi or Saint Benedict on these scenic explorations. We love all of the places in these itineraries on account of their locations - especially in the Autumn when the leaves start to change colour. The majority of sites are nestled into rocks on hillsides or high up on mountain tops, giving you breath-taking panoramas immersed in beauteous nature. You can visit the Franciscan sanctuaries and hermitages in the Sacred Valley not far from Rieti town, the Benedictine monasteries to the east and southeast of Rome travelling along undulating winding country roads, or Cistercian monasteries also to the southeast of Rome. As we've often said, you don't need to be religious to enjoy these tours, but it is hard not to feel spiritual surrounded by such majestic landscapes.
- the most breath-taking high altitude scenery of the Lazio region -
Panoramic Sanctuaries, Coffee & Chocolate
The most 'gourmet' of our sanctuaries tours as, if you wish, you can include coffee, chocolate and beer tastings as well as visiting the sites of Saint Francis. This is one of our favourites for the particular tranquillity throughout the day and the relaxed drive through sleepy Italian villages on our way to the three main destinations. In the Autumn you often get the scent of wood-burning log fires wafting through the air, which adds to the experience.
Hermitages & Monasteries of St. Benedict.
This itinerary leads us in the footsteps of Saint Benedict to Subiaco and Montecassino along a mix of winding country roads and part of the Roma-Napoli motorway. On this tour one can't help but feel somewhat like a medieval friar, wandering through cloisters or reaching hermitages built into the rock.
In this far corner of the Lazio region we visit the Cistercian monasteries of Casamari, Fossanova and possibly the Charterhouse at Trisulti as well. The first two are in valley bottoms and the third is set high up along a somewhat nail-biting panoramic route, however there is a gentler approach for those with less than nerves of steel and passes through the quaint village of Collepardo (pictured above).