Paesaggio Urbino
 

MONASTIC LIFE ON MONTE CONERO: A TIME TRAVEL BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND NATURE

 
ONE DAY TOUR

Monte Conero has been for centuries the seat of monasteries and hermitages where the monks found peace and refreshment. In this itinerary we will find the testimonies of their presence, we will tell the life of the monks from the beginning, we will evoke the spirituality that these places, immersed in the silence of the Mediterranean scrub, transmit. We will be able to savor the ancient flavors of a traditional cuisine that is still handed down today.

We will dedicate the morning to visit the Bay of Portonovo, a strip of coast that, hidden in the thick of the scrub and protected by the mountain, has all the charm of silence and peace of a sacred and isolated place. We will learn about the origin of the Bay and visit the small church of Santa Maria di Portonovo, one of the greatest examples of Romanesque in the Marche region. We will have the opportunity to have lunch enjoying traditional fish-based recipes knowing the products that this stretch of coast offers.

In the afternoon we will move to the top of Monte Conero, another isolated and quiet place where you can breathe all the spirituality and contact with nature so much appreciated by the monks. We will visit the Abbey of San Pietro al Conero and learn about its history: from its construction in the early 11th century to the succession of different orders which, not always in a peaceful way, alternated within its walls.

We will conclude our itinerary with a dinner based on the traditional flavors of the countryside.


ITINERARY DESCRIPTION

MEETING POINT: PIAZZETTA DI PORTONOVO. 9:30 am - arrival by own vehicle. Reception of the group and description of the itinerary. Departure for the naturalistic itinerary along path 309.

PORTONOVO RING (PATH 309): 10:00 am - We will explore the innermost part of the Bay to know its origin, the typical flora of the Mediterranean scrub and experience, firsthand, the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere that enveloped the monks who lived in these places. We will soon reach the Church of Santa Maria, once annexed to the now destroyed monastery, which welcomed Benedictine monks for centuries in prayer and meditation.

LUNCH: 12:30 - Lunch by the sea, focused on the flavors that nature and the sea have always provided to all those who lived in this bay.

EXCURSION ON MONTE CONERO: 3.00 pm - In the afternoon we will move to the heart of the Conero Park where, with a simple ring excursion, we will visit the places that hosted many monastic orders for centuries and we will cross those woods where the monks worked and meditated, making sure to survive: we will stop in the woods that provided food to the monks, in the clearings and panoramic points where they could meditate, and we will visit the site of their main residence, the Church of San Pietro al Conero and its Monastery, now home to an elegant hotel. In the suggestive panoramic point of the North Belvedere, from which we can admire the Bay of Portonovo from above that hosted us in the morning, we will relax with an aperitif with local products and wines, enjoying the sunset lights.

DINNER: 8.00 pm - We will end the day enjoying the traditional flavors of the earth, we will taste the typical recipes of country cuisine based on herbs and hunting. After dinner, autonomous return to your own homes.
 
INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION FEES

- BASE 2 PAX: EURO 210

- BASE 5 PAX: EURO 137

- BASE 10 PAX: EURO 110

-  BASE 20 PAX: EURO 96
 

Criluma Viaggi

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