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The Benedictine Way

La Via Benedicti

A voyage through the beauty and culture of the Benedictine abbeys

A visit to the Benedictine abbeys also gives an opportunity to discover the cultural heritage and the traditions passed down by the monks through the centuries: prestigious libraries and restoration workshops, precious woven textiles and tapestries, solemn Gregorian chants during religious ceremonies, as well as the herbs and aromatic plants used to prepare phytotherapy products and renowned herbal tinctures and liqueurs, all for sale in the monasteries alongside home produced honeys, jams and chocolate.

Interior of the Sanctuary of the Mentorella
Interior of the
Sanctuary of the Mentorella

The organised civil society

The monasteries became the principal centres for the diffusion of Christianity in the West, but also demonstrated a new civil way of life that proved decisive for the cultural and moral rebirth of the continent, after the collapse of the society of Late Antiquity. Within the walls of the monasteries, the concept of “organised civil society” was developed and put into practice. Monks lived according to the Benedictine Regula, a democratic code of behaviour, with both individual and collective value, capable of appealing to the conscience of the individual and guaranteeing the quality of communal life. In this way the Benedictine monasteries became real communities, society in miniature, in which meditative and spiritual activities but also cultural, administrative and productive activities were woven together. In this way the message sent out by the numerous Benedictine monastic communities in Europe contributed to the construction of the individual and of modern European society, and represented, as it still does today, a valid point of reference for democratic and civil values.

Visit the site www.viabenedicti.it for further information on the history, art, nature and places along the Benedictine Way.

The pharmacy in the Carthusian Monastery of Trisulti
The pharmacy in the
Carthusian Monastery of Trisulti

The stages of the Benedictine Way

Le tappe della Via Benedicti

Progetto co-finanziato, ai sensi della legge 135/2001 art. 5 – comma 5, dalla Presidenza del consiglio dei Ministri Dipartimento per lo Sviluppo e la Competitività del Turismo.