Whenever we're back home in Italy we go to the nearby abbey whether it's to get something from the pharmacy, the monastery shop, visit the church or just wander around the grounds. This time I wanted to see what was going on in the cloister and inner courtyard gardens and to buy some honey and other items.
|Entrance to the inner courtyard, inner monastery buildings, library and cloister|
|Entrance to the library|
|Stained glass window in the Chapter House - St. Bernard of Clairvaux|
The cloister garden had been cleared ready for putting in the bedding plants.
This is the cloister garden as it looks in the Summer months planted out with salvia.
Going through the cloister and down some steps there's another garden which leads to the monastery herb garden, allotments and vineyards. Since the last visit the trees have been cut back and it looks as if drilling is going on to create an artesian well.
Finally we went into the monastery shop and bought some honey and a bottle of herbal liqueur (elixir of San Bernardo).