The Way of Saint Benedict

From Rieti to Montecassino, a fascinating 12-day journey on the tracks of San Benedetto, between villages and monasteries, nature and local products. A journey through time, where smiles, warmth and constant assistance will not be missing.

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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

 Norman V. Peale

The beauty of setting off is that anyone can do it and there is no need to go to Spain to live a unique experience from both a human and spiritual point of view. With the Way of Saint Benedict the sensations are the same as you would have done on the Way of Santiago. You will discover an archaic Italy in the name of a great saint. A journey through time in the Lazio region, a few kilometers from Rome. You will be able to retrace the route of the extraordinary existence of the monk born in Norcia around 480, who died in Montecassino on March 21, 547. A route in 300 total kilometers that crosses the places of the life of the Saint founder of the Benedictine order, patron of Europe and creator of the famous “Ora et labora” rule.

Experiences

On the way of St Benedict
A low motion experience

The Way of St Benedict is a 300 km route from Norcia, to the offshoots of the Sibillini Mountains, in Subiaco, in the upper Aniene valley, to Cassino, in the Liri valley, passing through the most significant places in the life of St Benedict from Norcia. Not only a trip to the Benedictine world, but also a pilgrimage to the places of saints that are sometimes very popular, such as Rita da Cascia, Francesco d’Assisi, Tommaso d’Aquino; or less known, such as Giuseppe da Leonessa or Agostina Pietrantoni. We offer you a shorter version of 11 stages and some transfers by car, for the less experienced, who do not want to give up this fantastic journey. Each stage will be a discovery. With the slowness allowed by traveling on foot you will discover the heart of a beautiful and unknown Italy. As in the tradition of historical paths, the route, indicated by a yellow Crusader B, can be completed on foot, with an average of 20 kilometers per day. The stages are designed taking into account the elevation profile of each one, for an average commitment of five, six hours a day. In some longer stretches we have organized a car transfer to be able to make the journey over time, also taking advantage of a few more stops in the wonderful villages along the way.

Small towns and villages unknown along the way
A journey through time

The route proposed here departs  from Rieti where you will make a beautiful visit to the underground city with our Rita. Then Rocca Sinibalda with its castle and the hamlet of Posticciola, a tiny village with its pretty Museum of peasant civilization. Continue to Castel di Tora, a small medieval village, on the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy. After a rather demanding stage, here you are in Orvinio, a small fairy village surrounded by unspoiled nature. Orvinio, in the province of Rieti, is a medieval Sabine village, located in a panoramic position, in the heart of the Monti Lucretili Regional Park. Continue the journey to Mandela and go down to the Benedictine caves of San Cosimato in Vicovar for a visit. At Mandela station you can take one of the frequent public buses to Subiaco.

A visit to the city with its printing museum, Rocca Abbaziale is recommended and a visit to the monasteries of the Sacro Speco of San Benedetto and Santa Scolastica is a must. Following a green valley along the Aniene river, continue towards Trevi in ​​Lazio where Luisa awaits you with a guided tour of the village. We’ll walk  our way to Guarcino, a town of waters, and then with a vehicle to Collepardo destination. Walk from Collepardo to the Certosa di Trisulti (about 2 hours and 30 min), a wonderful route through the woods of the Ernici mountains. Visit of the Certosa  then transfer by private vehicle from Trisulti to Isola del Liri to see the waterfall, the unmissable abbey of San Domenico in Sora, finally Arpino city of Cicero, one of the oldest centers from a historical and cultural point of view of the province , visit of the country and its monuments. Stop through the Melfa Gorges, from Arpino to Roccasecca. The acropolis of Civitavecchia is on the Way, above the town and then Roccasecca, a visit to the hermitages and the town. Finally, the Abbey of Montecassino for the last stretch of the Way where the Saint died in 547.

Naturalistic activities and attractions
An experiential journey

Along the way you pass unique landscapes and incredibly fascinating natural parks. Many activities you can do, from visiting the Benedictine caves of San Cosimato in Vicovar, rafting on the Aniene river in Subiaco or visiting the only waterfalls in a town, the Isola del Liri waterfalls. The villagers are happy to accompany you on various guided tours and will tell you all the stories and curiosities related to these places of the past. You can participate in a herb and cooking laboratory and then have lunch at a farm. The herbal laboratory can also provide a preparation of cosmetic products. In Orvinio you can attend and participate in a beautiful show of artists playing the accordion and the opportunity to learn to dance “Il saltarello”, a typical dance in the area. Finally in Guarcino you cannot miss a visit to the historical herbalist shop of Marco Sarandrea, a connoisseur of the Benedictine world and herbs,  not to be missed.

Welcome and hospitality
Friends of the way

Maurizio, Rita, Luisa, Carlo, Marzia are just some of the friends of the Way that you will meet during the trip and who will provide for you, offering you overnight stays, dinners, kindness and warmth. You will stay in B & B, holiday homes, apartments depending on the place and availability, but whatever your accommodation, it will be an unforgettable experience. We have planned overnight stays, dinners and luggage transport for you. You won’t have to think about anything, just to enjoy the trip. At the end of this experience, you will remain the warm embrace of the inhabitants and the typical hospitality that these places are able to offer.

 

 

Note: The tour can be customized based on your needs and all the services are subject to availability at the moment of booking. The rate are estimated and must be confirmed at the moment of booking.

What's included or excluded from the Tour?

Included in the price

  • 11 nights with breakfast included in double room
  • 11 Dinners at local restaurants or homes
  • Luggage transport service from one stage to another throughout the journey
  • Car transfer service where indicated in the program
  • Herbal laboratory and lunch in Orvinio
  • Evening show with typical dance in Orvinio
  • Guided tour of the underground city of Rieti
  • Guided tour of Trevi in ​​Lazio
  • VAT
  • Assistance 24/7
  • Route planning

Excluded from the price

  • Flights / train / car
  • Meals where not included as per program
  • Tourist tax (where applicable)

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The Way of Saint BenedictA journey through time
Duration - 12 Days
Advised period - All year
The tour starts from - Rieti
The tour ends in - Montecassino
Num. of travelers - Min. Flexible
Estimated price (per person) - € 900
The price is based on 2 people
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