One hundred monks, one hundred kilometers away

Milan has always been a Catholic city, and since the Middle Ages populated by many monastic orders: some still resist to the present day. They populated Milan and the hinterland in a landscape characterized by canals, fountains, rice fields.
The sites of greatest interest are part of a route that moves between the country roads of the southern area of ​​Milan and its province: along the Navigli, to continue inside the Ticino Park and the South Agricultural Park

The Chiaravalle Abbey is located inside the South Agricultural Park in the Rogoredo area.
It was founded in the second half of the 12th century by Bernad de Fontaine (Bernardo da Chiaravalle, monk, abbot and French theologian belonging to the Cistercian order).Built in red bricks, it has the shape of a Latin cross: Initially it was a prayer center to later turn into a farm.
The majestic Pecorari bell tower and the seventeenth-century portico date back to a later period.

The interior contains frescoes by Bernardino Luini and various Flemish artists.
The monks who still reside there offer a wide range of products made by them: Aloe honey, jams, jams, sweets and aromatic herbs.
Built in red bricks, it has the shape of a Latin cross: Initially it was a prayer center to later turn into a farm.
The majestic Pecorari bell tower and the seventeenth-century portico date back to a later period. The interior contains frescoes by Bernardino Luini and various Flemish artists.
The monks who still reside there offer a wide range of products made by them: Aloe honey, jams, jams, sweets and aromatic herbs.

In the hamlet of San Giuliano Milanese we find the Abbey of Viboldone, a red brick structure.
It was completed in 1348 by the religious order of the Umiliati, lay monks dedicated to prayer and work: today it is inhabited by a community of Benedictine nuns dedicated to the restoration of ancient codes and books. The church, consecrated to St. Peter, is the only original building. Its interior is surprising: it is covered with precious frescoes of Giotto influence and is considered one of the most interesting in northern Italy of the fourteenth century.

Three other abbeys, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Calvenzano, the Abbey of Mirasole and the Abbey of Morimondo offer an excellent opportunity to visit for those who want to get away from the city and immerse themselves in the greenery.

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