Discover: Hermitages - monasteries

The Hermitage, now progressively being renovated, so named for the caves excavated in the sandstone, inhabited by hermits from the 1000 a.c., is located between Cupramontana and Poggio Cupro in a little valley full of vegetation (floristic protected area). It's historically linked to the founding of the Congregation of Monte Corona Camaldolese by the B. Paul Giustiniani (1520-1522).
The complex is surrounded by woods of the White Friars. It's a floristic protected area of 20 hectares, run by a stream formerly said the "crow". The forest vegetation, favored by a particular microclimate, it is important for his character residual and consists of several species of rare or visual (black alder, maidenhair fern, red lily, arisaro tailed, pyramidal orchid, etc..).
Monastic Camaldolese Priory before sec. XIII, called "Romitella of Mandriole". The Franciscans took over the Camaldolese in 1452 and rebuilt the church in the early sixteenth century, embellished with a glazed terracotta altarpiece (1529) of Bottega della Robbia (Giovanni della Robbia?), but also attributed to Pier Paolo Agabiti (1465 c. - 1540C.). The present church, rebuilt from 1782 to 1793, is due to the design of D. Apollonius Tucchi (1730-1802) Camaldolese friar from the Hermitage Caves; here is preserved the body of B. John Righi da Fabriano (? - 1539).