Day trips from Rome to Subiaco

Where Western monasticism was born
One day between Earth and Heaven visiting Subiaco monasteries


Subiaco Monastery





SAINT BENEDICT'S MONASTERY,
THE SO CALLED "SACRO SPECO" (SACRED CAVE)


When at the end of the 5th century A. D., Saint Benedict reached the neighbourhoods of present Subiaco city, in the Aniene river valley, there was just a steep wall of rock: that slope was then carved, dug and modelled by his followers, becoming a complicated system of grottoes, caves, chapels and churches, whose walls were complitely frescoed along the Middle Ages.

Nowadays, visiting that monumental complex represents a spiritual immersion in the roots of Western monasticism and an in-deep experience of medieval painting, especially for thepresence of the only live portrait of Saint Francis from Assisi.




SAINT SCOLASTICA'S MONASTERY

After being in Subiaco for three years, Saint Benedict had founded 12 monasteries: only one of them survived along the centuries, and it was dedicated to the Saint’s sister, Santa Scolastica.

Set around three cloisters built up in different periods (called “Renaissance”, “Gothic” and “Cosmatesque”), this monastery is nowadays an important cultural and spiritual centre. Besides the beautiful Neoclassical church (1700s), with its  medieval tower-bell and its amazing Gothic façade, an important library makes the complex unique thanks to the preservation of the first book printed in Italy in 1464: it is there, in fact, the first Italian printing house was set by two German pupils of Johann Gutenberg, the printing’s inventor.

Drop off to the hotel at the end of the day



MONASTERY SUBIACO


Biblioteca benedettina subiaco



Monastery of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco