Guide to the rupestrian hermitages and abbeys of the Umbrian-Marche Apennines
“The hermitage is the desert, the lonely place that in our regions was anxiously searched for in the forests and caves of the Apennines. The monk is the lonely man, who leaves the world for the desert, a place of asceticism and spiritual struggle where isolation is conducive to the emptying of inner passions in order to finally be able to fill himself with divinity.
The millenary history of monasticism in the West is the story of a continuous tension between the hermit and the cenobitic form, that is, between solitary life and community life, as it was finally regulated by Benedict of Norcia “.
Andrea Antinori, geologist, mountaineer and teacher of scientific subjects in high schools, is National Operator TAM (Protection of the Mountain Environment) of the Italian Alpine Club. For years he has dedicated himself to the discovery and study of ancient itineraries and sacred spaces of the Apennines, on which he has published countless articles in local and national guides and magazines. For some time he has been communicating with his readers on his popular blog: www.andreaantinori.altervista.org
The author, in the brand new expanded and updated edition of the volume, will accompany you to the visit of 64 hermitages, caves, monasteries, monasteries, scattered in the Apennine area richest in historical and naturalistic interest. He will lead you on the ancient paths traveled by a praying humanity that had chosen solitude and silence to rediscover itself and God.
All the itineraries are fully described and equipped with:
* Map showing the itinerary and the main toponyms
* Notes on the history, artistic beauties and religious importance of the places visited
* Total elevation gain and travel time
* Indications on the signs along the itinerary
Publisher: SER Research Publishing Company
Author: Andrea Antinori
Publication: April 2009
Format: 16,5 x 23,5 cm