Photos courtesy of Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito
Single rooms: 60 euros
Double rooms: 100 euros
Triple rooms: 135 euros
Rates include tax and service
Open: all year
The monastery is about 15 km southeast of l’Aquila. L’Aquila is well connected by bus to Rome and Pescara. A rental car is recommended to best appreciate the region.
On site: leisure center; library
Nearby: hiking; horseback riding; cycling; cross-country skiing; climbing; exploring the towns of l’Aquila and the churches of Fossa, Sant’ Eusanio Forconese, and Bazzano. Fortified medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Summer festivals in surrounding villages.
Situated high on a cliff overlooking a valley, the Monastero-Fortezza di Santo Spirito presents a highly atmospheric medieval experience. Its well restored Romanesque architecture, church, and presbytery are open to explore. Of particular note are the 13th-century frescoes depicting the life of Beato Placido.
Guestrooms are installed in the former dormitories on the first floor. Each is named after a special “wind,” such as Scirocco, Furiano, and Maelstrale. Comfortable and good-sized, they are simply furnished in a rustic style with wood furniture and natural fabrics. All have en suite bathrooms, and many have views of the Valley l’Aquila and distant mountains.
A white stone walled dining room in the monastery offers breakfast and main meals. Local produce and products are offered in three courses; bread is baked in a wood-fired oven, and wines are of the region.
Management (Gianluca and Enrico) are exceptionally friendly and will see to your enjoyable stay.
Occasional art exhibitions and concerts