The Basilica of San Benedetto, is built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica.
The Basilica opens each day at 8:20 AM and closes at 8:15 PM. (Closed Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)


Guests and pilgrims who wish to come and spend some time in prayer with the monks are always welcome. We have a small guesthouse where we can accommodate men who wish to closely follow our life. If you wish to reserve a room, please contact the guestmaster at:


There are several ways to arrive in Norcia:
TRAIN and BUS SCHEDULES, DRIVING DIRECTIONS from Rome Spoleto and Milan For more traveling information, please go to

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Although Italy is well known for its culinary delights, and an Italian pranzo (lunch) can go on for 3-4 hours, there is no feast which directly thanks God for his agricultural blessings. Perhaps because the Italian culture was directly infused by a Christian culture which saw every meal as a thanks-giving, no such feast was ever necessary. Nevertheless we Americans in Norcia take delight in celebrating the great feast of Thanksgiving. It is one of three occasions during the year (along with Christmas and Easter) in which we monks eat meat within the enclosure. In fact, the local citizens have become so accustomed to this feast that we commonly receive anonymous gifts of Turkey any time we have a celebration!


The monastic community this year gives special thanks to God for preserving Fr Cassian’s health, for the successful beginning of our new brewery, and especially to all of you who support us with your prayers and encouragement. Dio Vi Benedica!