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“Monastery initially built to service of the above hermitage”

Monastero Camaldoli
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Camaldoli
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Camaldoli was founded one thousand years ago by Saint Romuald, and is a Community of Benedictine monks. There are two houses, the Hermitage and the Monastery, immersed into the depths of the forest. They represent the two fundamental dimensions of monastic experience, solitude and communion. The monastic community is dedicated to the quest for God, prayer and work, and is open to sharing with men and women of today, mostly through hospitality. The Guest House offers an open space for spiritual and cultural research, for dialogue and meetings.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Compared to the hermitage of the same name, the monastery (located at a lower altitude, about 800 mts) is on the whole less impressive. Little remains of the original medieval structure in it, and the main aspect is Renaissance or late Baroque.
The monastery was founded originally as a hospice for pilgrims heading to the hermitage (the wing that faces the street with a long facade was designed at that purpose); it later hosted the monks (but isn't allowed to visit their cells).
Probably the most interesting part of the monastery is the pharmacy, with ancient tools for the processing of herbs and a fine display of ancient books.

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