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Report 1411: POSTCARD - San Liberato Monastery & Ristorante - Sarnano, Le Marche

By Dayglo from MC, Italy, Fall 2007

Trip Description: December 2007 - describing the rebirth of the monasteries in Le Marche.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Marche

Categories: Foodie Trip

Page 1 of 1: San Liberato Monastery & Ristorante - Sarnano, Le Marche

We walked through the Sibillini foothills from Sarnano to San Liberato Monastery near to the hang gliding school and Gabella Nuova, the views up to the mountains and down across the rolling hills to the sea were stunning. San Liberato was a follower and friend of Saint Francis of Assisi and this was one of a number of monasteries built throughout Le Marche by their followers the Frati Fioretti di Jesi.

The monks are renovating all of the monasteries (don't know where they found the capital!) and trying to make them self-sufficient, opening ristorante, bars, hotels, and hosting weddings and functions. The monastery is open daily for visitors and adjacent to this there's a bar, which is stocked with a great selection of wines and a menu of quality Belgian beers no less, the ristorante menu is really seasonal and quite different from anything else available locally. At the moment in November and December there's a robust menu based around game, chestnuts, truffles and wild mushrooms - you can go a-la-carte or take a tour de force plate of everything (35 including wine, coffee and grappa). It's open most lunchtimes and Saturday and Sunday evenings phone in advance on 0733 694103 or 071 977128. There's also a website (Terra dei Fioretti, still under site construction) with more information on the monasteries and potential itineraries. Distance from airports - Ancona and Pescara 1.5 hours, Perugia & Rimini two hours, Rome & Bologna two hours and 45 minutes.

Dayglo, is Damien Conrad, owner of Villa San Rafaello in Sarnarno, Le Marche and participant of our travel forums, Slow Travel Talk.

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