Fonte Avellana Monastery
Fonte Avellana Monastery (Monastero di Fonte Avellana) on the slopes of Monte Catria is a Catholic monastery founded in 979 by a group of hermits. Most of the buildings were built in the 12th century. It was an important center of learning in Middle Ages. Dante visited and described it in his Divine Comedy. The most interesting part of the monastery is the scriptorium where they produced illuminated medieval manuscripts. The beautiful room was designed to let in a lot of natural light. You also visit the Dante Alighieri Library, the church, and the crypt.
Location: Italy - Marche - Pesaro and Urbino - Frontone
To get to the monastery follow signs for Fonte Avellana from Frontone. It is up in the mountains.
Note that the monastery closes for several hours mid-day. These are the opening hours posted in 2015: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 11:30 / 15:00 - 17:00, Sunday and holidays 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00
Guided visits every 30 minutes. Wait by the front door for the next tour. No photos inside. Our tour guide spoke some English.
There are hiking trails on the mountain. Purchase a detailed map at the monastery. We did some walking above the monastery but found the trains were not well marked.
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
Fonte Avellana is in a very beautiful and peaceful location and makes a good stop when exploring this corner of Le Marche.