Serra Sant'Abbondio

Piazzale Del Comune, 1 - Serra Sant'Abbondio (PU)
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Serra Sant'Abbondio is situated on the left bank of the Upper Cesano Valley, below the eastern slopes of Mount Catria (1702 m). It still retains the layout of a medievalf fortified town, with two original  gates, the Porta Santa (with clock tower above it) and the Porta Macione (13th Century). Must see attractions are the church of San Biagio with the fifth century crypt  and Fonte Avellana Monastery, which is located on the slopes of Mount Catria. Founded in 980, visited by Dante in 1310, and once presided over by St Peter Damian, is one of the few monasteries in the Marche which retains its medieval monastic form. It boasts an extraordinary scriptorium and was once an important centre for the production of illuminated manuscripts and was built with an ingenious system to maximise the hall's natural lighting. There is also the Dante Alighieri Library, with rows of rare Seicento books and, of course, the church, with a simple single aisle and a flight of wide steps up to a raised presbytery. Beneath it, there's the crypt, supported by fine Romanesque arches, which is built with such finely cut stone that it seems almost as if the walls have been carved straight out of the rock. The most important event taking place in Serra Sant'Abbondio is the Palio della Rocca, a spectacular joust ending with a geese race.

The Attractions of Serra Sant'Abbondio

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Serra Sant'Abbondio things to Watch

Discover the attraction Frontone - Mouth of Val Canale

Frontone - Mouth of Val Canale

Taking a steep path that leads to Mount Catria, you can reach the gorge. Going downhill you get to the stream. The massive limestone walls indicate the start of...

Discover the attraction Serra Sant'Abbondio - Monastery of Fonte Avellana

Serra Sant'Abbondio - Monastery of Fonte Avellana

The Monastery of Fonte Avellana is situated on the wooded slopes of Mount Catria (1701 m.) at 700 meters above sea level in Serra...

Discover the attraction Serra Sant'Abbondio:  Library of the hermitage Fonte Avellana

Serra Sant'Abbondio: Library of the hermitage Fonte Avellana

The library of the hermitage Fonte Avellana is one of the oldest ones as it was founded in the year 980 together with the monastery itself, which also includes...

Discover the attraction Frontone - The Fortress

Frontone - The Fortress

The Fortress is located in Frontone, just a few kilometres from Cagli. The building reminds of a vessel; the structure has changed several times over the...

Discover the attraction Frontone - Ditch of Balze della Porta

Frontone - Ditch of Balze della Porta

The Ditch of Balze della Porta is composed of a series of small-scale slides near Mount Catria, starting from the refuge of Gorghe. There are two fairly...

Discover the attraction Frontone - Kinderland - in inverno

Frontone - Kinderland - in inverno

Winter provides an interesting tourist offer ! The Mount Catria, at 1400 m. a.s.l., offers ideal conditions for families and winter sports enthusiasts of all...


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