and traditions of the medieval monasteries in Central Italy is the
theme during the excursions. The friars were important patrons of
art throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and their wishes
and religious ideas influenced the local arts in a striking way.
On many idyllic locations
- in green natural parks, in the mountains, on top of the hills
far away from civilization, but also in the historical centre’s
of villages and cities - early Medieval monasteries, abbeys, churches
and chapels have survived, and witness today of the social function
of these old religious centre’s.
We visit three monasteries
in Le Marche: The Abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra surrounded by
woods and Roman remains, the Augustinian monastery of S.Nicola in
the heart of the Medieval city Tolentino and the monastery of Macereto
in the National Park of the Sibilini Mountains.