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.
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.
The interior of the Basilica is decorated in an ornate Baroque style.
Below the church is the crypt which is adorned with beautiful mosaic work.
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.