Tre Cancelle Farmhouse 

Day Trip To Cassino and the Abbey of Montecassino

Another Day Trip you might like to take from Tre Cancelle Farmhouse is to Cassino and the famous Abbey of Montecassino. The town of Cassino is just under an hour’s drive away.

Saint Benedict of Norcia founded the ancient Monastery of Montecassino in 529 AD and the order of  the Benedictines. The Abbey was built on the ancient ruins of a Roman fortification, and became renowned through the ages as a place of great holiness, culture and art. 

The drive up to the monastery is via a steep, tortuous road that steadily winds its way up to the summit.  The route is well worth taking as there are splendid views of the town of Cassino below and of the surrounding hills and mountains.  Halfway up to the Abbey you will see the fortress of Rocca Janula. It was constructed in the 10th century by the Abbot Aligerno to defend the abbey.

View from Montecassino
View of Cassino from Montecassino
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The Abbey of Montecassino Italy
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The Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Within the Abbey there is are peaceful cloisters. One has a garden with is a bronze statue depicting the death of Saint Benedict.
Cloister of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Cloister of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Mosaic in Cloister of Abbey of Montecassino Italy

The Bramante Cloister has an octagonal well. From the balcony on the lower section there are stunning panoramic view of the Liri Valley. Steps lead up to the Basilica.

Cloister of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Well in Cloister of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Basilica of Abbey of Montecassino Italy

The interior of the Basilica is decorated in an ornate Baroque style.

Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Pipe Organ of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Side Altar of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
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Interior of Abbey of Montecassino Italy

Below the church is the crypt which is adorned with beautiful mosaic work.

Crypt of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Crypt of Abbey of Montecassino Italy
Crypt of Abbey of Montecassino Italy

Along the road that leads up to the Abbey of Montecassino is the National Museum of Archaeology which contains many relics from the Volsci and Roman eras.  The Roman town of Casinium was prosperous and many ruins are still visible such the ancient Via Latina, a Theatre, an Amphitheatre and the Varroniane Spa.

The Polish Cemetery at Montecassino

The Polish Cemetery at Montecassino Italy
The Polish Cemetery at Montecassino Italy

The British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Cassino

While you are in Cassino you could also visit the British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, which is a tranquil sanctuary where more than 4200 brave young British and Commonwealth servicemen are laid to rest.
British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Cassino Italy
British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Cassino Italy
British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Cassino Italy