The Saint Benedict’s way

 

Tomorrow I will get up early in the morning to leave for a special tour.

I will cover the St. Benedict’s way with other international bloggers and journalists. The St. Benedict’s Way is located in Lazio region and connects places important in the life of Benedict. These places are found along the regional border between Lazio and Abruzzo.

But why this saint is so notewhorty?

Benedetto da Norcia founded one of the Italian Catholic religious orders during the Middle Age, also known as ‘Black Monks’ due to the dark dresses. The Rule of Saint Benedict is a book of precepts that monks have to follow to be part of the order. He wrote this book in Montecassino, where there is one of the important Italy’s Benedectine abbey.

Italian Wonder Ways

2016 is the Year of Walking in Italy and Italian Wonder Ways is a project that promotes 5 of the important Italy’s walking ways:

  1. Via Lauretana (from Loreto to Assisi);
  2. Via di San Francesco (from La Verna to Assisi);
  3. Via Amerina (from Assisi to Roma);
  4. Via Francigena del Nord (from Lucca to Roma);
  5. Via Benedicti.

The project has been realized by Francesco’s Way – an Umbrian consortium – with the regional tourist boards.

Saint Benedict’s way

The Benedict’s way or Via Benedicti is a path not only for pilgrims, but also for hiking lovers. It’s a long itinerary (about 300 km) that crosses over the Appennines. The path can be covered on foot, by bike or by horse.

The exciting part of this tour is that overall we will hike for 40 km. I’ve never walked so long distances and I hope to resist until the end. I’ve already been in the area where the Benedict’s way is situated, but this time I will be completely immersed in the local atmosphere made of monasteries, churches, lush vegetation, history, warm people, good food.

Giro d'Italia 2014 stages

Built, destroyed, rebuilt, redestroyed… a troubled history for the Abbey in Montecassino

Here following I have listed all the places that I will visit during the tour and their sights.

  • Ferentillo, the abbey of San Pietro in Valle and the Mummy museum;
  • Rieti;
  • Castel di Tora – Orvinio (15 km), the first path of the Via Benedicti;
  • Subiaco, the Sacro Speco and the Monti Simbruini Park;
  • Le Prata – Ponte Comunacque (11 km), Duranilla di Nerone, Lake of San Benedetto and Mola Vecchia in Jenne;
  • Trevi;
  • Guarcino;
  • Fiuggi and the Baths of Boniface VIII and Fiuggi Golf Club;
  • Collepardo – Certosa di Trisulti (5 km), the Carthusian monastery of Trisulti and the monks’ ancient pharmacy;
  • Veroli;
  • Benedectine abbey of Casamari;
  • Arpino – Roccasecca (18 km);
  • Strada del Tracciolino;
  • Abbey of Montecassino;
  • Rome, Natural Reserve “Insugherata“, San Lazzaro ai lebbrosi church, Saint Peter Cathedral and…

a special surprise!

Follow me during the tour to discover what expects us at the end of it on…

While I will be walking along the Via Benedicti, my friend Patricia of Itália para Brasileiros will walk along the route from Assisi to Rome.

Now, I have to go to pack my luggage. See you soon!

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Eleonora

Eleonora

Italian Storytellers' founder

I’m in love with Italy. That’s why I founded Italian Storytellers. I would like to let you know what stands behind stereotypes about Italy and what you have still to discover.

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