It is a pathway through the heart of Italy, that starting from Umbria, passes through Latium, till the border with Campania. It follows the steps of Saint Benedict from Norcia, Europe’s patron saint, that links the three most important Benedictine places: his birthplace Norcia, Subiaco, where he lived more than thirty years, founding a number of monasteries, and Montecassino, where he spent his last years and wrote the Rule.
16 legs through pathways, unsurfaced roads and little-congested roads, through the valleys and mountains of Umbria and Latium. Spoleto, though untouched by this itinerary, is full of his signs, communities of Benedictine nuns and monks.
At the end of the Xth century, a community of nuns lived by the Church of San Paolo inter vineas; later they moved to Sant’Agata, to Sant’Ansano and at last to Sant’Alò. The presence of nuns communities is also documented at San Ponziano, San Giovanni Battista and Sant’Eufemia.
Monks had their spiritual centres both in the city, in Sant’Apollinare, and on Monteluco, in San Giuliano and in the small church of Santa Caterina, that was later passed on to Saint Francis, who founded one of the earliest Franciscan monasteries