The frescoes on the otherwise unadorned walls in the abbey and others in the monastery date back to the 14th century.
On our last visit we also went into the buildings where travellers would have stayed. Here Thomas Aquinas, the theologian, died whilst he was on a journey to Lyon where there was to be an important church council meeting. His cell and a chapel can be visited on the upper floor accessed by a narrow, winding staircase. Thomas Aquinas was originally from the local area in South Lazio and a family castle is situated in a hill town near to where we live in Italy.
Among other things, the bee in Christian art symbolises the resurrection.
a corner of the monastery garden
This will be my last post for a while as I'm taking a blogging break.
I hope you have a happy March!