Italy Celebrates Italian Unification March 17th

Italy celebrates its 150th birthday – a long and complicated political process which lead to the birth of our nation proclaimed on March 17, 1861.

Italy is a complicated country to understand – this excellent blog draws a pretty accurate picture for outsiders to understand why it is so different compared to what you hear and read …

To celebrate this historical event (and take advantage of the only long week end of the year) the Fortress Monastery of Santo Spirito is offering:   

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The Monastery of Santo Spirito is the first Cistercian settlement in the valley of L’Aquila. It was built in 1222 by Placido of Roio on a piece of land donated by Count Berardo of Ocre. After the founder’s death in 1248, the monastery came under the auspices of the Cistercian Order and the Convent of Santa Maria in Casanova, near Penne.

In 1330 it was already given in trust to the cardinals Maffeo and Francesco Barberini; in 1652 it was included in the list of the small monasteries abolished by Pope Innocent X.

This unique location in Abruzzo is perfect for a romantic week end or holiday for those seeking total relax snuggled in the mountains of Abruzzo (See our Photo Gallery).

Week End Unità d’Italia

This week end package includes:

  • welcoming aperitif;
  • Three night stay and complimentary olive oil and donkey’s milk, fresh sheets and room cleaning service every day;
  • rich and tastey buffet breakfast with fresh fruits, bread, and our home made cakes, with breakfast in room on request;
  • three evening dinners with typical Aquilano specialities on the menu, a 3 course meal starting with appetizers, first and second dishes, sweets, fruit, a bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine, followed by coffee, spirits and digestives;
  • use of montain bike;
  • guided tour of the fortress;
  • a 10% discount on additional nights.

Cost per person: € 220.00 instead of € 255,00

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For more information contact us at:

Fortress Monastery of Santo Spirito – Ocre, L’Aquila

Hotel Monastero Fortezza di Santo Spirito

Ocre (L’Aquila), Abruzzo, 67040 Italy

GEO: 42.51867517417283, 13.53790283203125

Tel. 0862.1965538 – Fax 0862.1960139


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