“Eat, pray and love”. We all wanted to feel like Julia Roberts at least once in our life. We all needed at some point to embark on a quest to find peace of mind away from our busy routines, to turn off the shouting of our minds to reach a blissful, caring silence. Now, there is no need for traveling in Tibet to find that. You can have it right in Italy, where you can spend a night in one of the many monasteries of the peninsula. There is a story behind the importance of monasteries and convent for the Country. After the fall of the Roman Empire, monasteries were an oasis of knowledge, where monks were dedicating their lives to preserve some of the masterpieces of the classic culture. Without them, we would not have had the chance or reading Aristotle’s work, Plato and many others.
During the centuries, convents and monasteries have always been a safe shelter for pilgrims, a little piece of heaven in troubled times. Today, as yesterday travelers keep knocking at the friars’ door, looking anyway for a different kind of vacation. Not really, or only, peace from the troubles and dangers of the world, but peace of heart and mind.
ItalyCharme will offer you the chance of staying in a monastery, visiting the halls, the churches, the amazing gardens, and the rich libraries that come with them. Many are the monasteries welcoming guests, and they are all very different as diverse are the location. From Rome to Piedmont to Venice itself or Tuscany: monasteries are always a landmark themselves.
Step into a different time, and leave behind the rush of your daily life. Follow the rhythm of the monks, their peaceful attitude and dedication. There will be no coverage there, no wi-fi, nothing that will remind you of the contemporary buzz because the all point is shutting down the noise to start hearting your beating heart back. Admire the frescos of the abbeys and of the chapels, explore the kitchen where you will learn how the monks cook and prepare their meal. But remain reassured: there is an old Italian motto stating: ”Nobody eats better than a monk”.
Relax under an oak in the gardens; learn the Gregorian Chanting, Wake up at dawn to climb a mountain with the friars just to prey or to admire in silence the beauty of the sun rising from the East. And again, learn everything about their history, explore the secrets of making honey and grappa, and at the end of the day sit with them at the table, enjoying your dinner and sharing a moment that will linger forever in your memory.