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Fossombrone - 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 Passionei.
Also worthy of a visit here are the Cathedral and the Oratory Church of San Filippo.

Furlo: abbay of S.Vincenzo (internal)Continuing 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.
Cagli: G. Santi "Sacra conversazione"
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 d'Abisso.

The most important place on this tour is the Camaldolese Hermitage of Fonte Avellana,Serra S.Abbondio: 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 vanity.