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In a one day trip you can visit Subiaco located southeast of Rome in the Simbruini mountains. St. Benedict founded a monastery here in the 6th century and this is the only monastary, of the thirteen in Italy founded by the saint. The monastery is called Santa Scolastica, named after his sister, and is located not far the cave where St. Benedict lived for some years as a hermit just before he organized his first monastic comunity. A second monastery enshrines the cave where he lived as an hermit and is decorated with beautiful medieval frescoes. Among them is an afresco of St. Frances of Assisi painted during his lifetime.

Located in a spectacular natural scenery, the monastery is still active.

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