The capital of Umbria, central Italy. Excellently communicated, near the A-1 highway, on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. A two hour drive from Rome, one and half an hour from Florence, and half an hour from Assisi. Located near Spello, Spoleto, Gubbio, Orvieto, Nursia, Piano Grande.
An ancient city with Etruscan roots and a stormy fortune. Located among picturesque hills, full of monuments and unusual stories. Has an excellent collection of paintings in the city museum. The home of the University for Foreigners. The city of the Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino. His artistic pseudonym is also the name of famous Italian chocolates, produced in Perugia, of course.
The monastery of Saint Francis in Perugia, dating back to the 13thcentury, enchants with its beauty, simplicity, calmness and openness. It is located on a hill in the northern part of the city, near the Saint Angel’s Gate and the university district. Within the walls, apart from the monastic buildings, the chapel, library, and arcades, there is a huge, terraced garden, where one can admire a fig tree alike the Paradisian Apple Tree, stroll in the olive grove and among the cypress trees. The scent of rosemary and leaves of laurel trees accompanies us during meals in the garden. The view of Perugia – priceless. Everything that has been said about the play of light in Italian landscape painting is undoubtedly true. Delighted we admire the city whilst drinking our morning coffee and evening glass of wine from our befriended wine cellar “II Tempio”. Our hosts are the Friar Minors – their hospitality and openness is extraordinary.
Living in the Monastery
We are accommodated in single or double rooms with bathrooms. At our disposal is a spacious, modern kitchen with refrigerators, and a refectory. All meals can be prepared in the monastery, using products bought at the market, in small grocery shops, or simply in the nearest supermarket. Not to mention, the university district has plenty of tittle trattorias, restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlors.
The daily rhythm
The rhythm of the day is set by the classes held in the scriptorium – in the room of Saint Clare, the arcades, sometimes in the garden. Classes start at 9.00 or 9.30 in the morning, and end at 3 in the afternoon, a small coffee break included. We most often make our own supper in the monastic kitchen. The afternoons are for reading a book, a rest in the garden, a stroll through Perugia, or individual practise in the scriptorium. Some go on short tours – to Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Florence. In the evenings, after dinner, we like to have a little chat in the garden with wine, cheese, and olives.
Every morning at 7.30 a Mass is held in the monastic chapel.