- Furlo - Acqualagna - Cagli - Piobbico - Fonte Avellana
Fossombrone is an important city to include in any 'spiritual
tour'. On the slopes of the Cesane Hills is the Sanctuary of Sant'Aldebrando
alla Cittadella while opposite is the Sanctuary of Beato Benedetto
Also worthy of a visit here are the Cathedral and the Oratory Church
of San Filippo.
on inland, another important stopping point is the Abbey of San
Vincenzo al Furlo. Built in memory of Saint Vincent, Bishop
of Bevagna, the origins of the abbey are uncertain. Early fortified
remains suggest that it may have been founded as early as the 6th
Century, though other evidence dates it around the 10th
Century. Frescoes from the Marche School are still visible on the
walls of the church. Its position close to one of the most beautiful
Apennine passes makes the abbey all the more attractive for the
scenery which surrounds it.
Close by is the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Pelingo, near Acqualagna,
also known as the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Misericordia.
From Pelingo we continue on to Cagli, a city of Romanesque-Gothic
and Baroque churches, then making a detour to Piobbico to
visit the 11th century Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Val
The most important place on this tour is the Camaldolese Hermitage
of Fonte Avellana,
near the town of Serra Sant' Abbondio, one of the great centres
of Christian mysticism. Standing at the foot of the eastern slopes
of Monte Catria, in a setting of unequalled beauty, the hermitage
was built in 980 by Saint Romuald, who was succeeded as prior by
Saint Peter Damian.
According to tradition, Dante stayed here in 1310 (he describes
Fonte Avellana in the Divine Comedy in Canto XXI of Paradise).
The monastery houses a priceless collection of illuminated manuscripts
and a fine library. Its architecture is equally captivating, taking
the visitor back in time and creating an atmosphere where silence,
prayer, work and nature have triumphed over centuries of chaos and