Benedict of Norcia established numerous monastic communities in sixth-century Italy. The first one, now known as the Monastery of Saint Benedict, was built at Subiaco above the cave where he had lived as a hermit for several years. The walls of the two churches of the monastery are covered in frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament, Gospels and the lives of Benedictine saints. Visitors’ footsteps echo on floors paved with marble from Nero’s villa down the hill.
Our visit to Subiaco was a highlight of our walk on the Cammino di San Benedetto with Italian Wonder Ways. Click here or on the photo above for a glimpse into this masterpiece of medieval Christian art.