Duration : 9 Hours
On our private shore excursion to Montecassino Abbey from Rome you’ll discover how the life of St. Benedict, founder of Western monasticism is linked through almost 1500 years of history to one of the fiercest battles of World War II.
Features of this day trip to Montecassino Abbey from Rome:
Heading south from Rome along the Highway of the Sun, the drive culminates with a breathtaking road that winds up to the abbey, perched on top of a mountain.
Founded by Saint Benedict in 529, Montecassino is one of Europe's oldest monasteries and the birthplace of the Benedictine order. The abbey became known as a center of culture and art and housed one of the most important libraries in all of Europe during Medieval times. Curiously enough, the monks also produced famous beer at the abbey, which was known all over Europe by the 15th Century.
Over the centuries the abbey suffered numerous disasters, from being sacked by a variety of invaders to being destroyed by an earthquake and has been rebuilt numerous times. A seemingly impenetrable fortress, it became a refuge for civilians during World War II. Sadly, the Allies mistakenly believed that German troops occupied the abbey and bombarded it heavily, reducing it to almost total destruction. The Battle of Montecassino was an important but controversial series of assaults during the war, but the cost of lives was extremely heavy.
After the war, the abbey was carefully rebuilt following the original plan and Pope Paul VI reconsecrated it in 1964.
The abbey is still an active monastery, and the monks live their lives according to the Rule of St. Benedict: Ora et Labora (pray and work). Visitors must observe a strict visiting schedule as well as a dress code.
Abbey is best appreciated with a local guide who can give you the full,
fascinating, centuries-long history of this sacred place. Please ask our office for more information.
1. Is this tour private?
The tour is private, just for your party.
2. Is the driver also a guide?
Our English-speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English-speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
3. Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
4. Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?
Tickets and lunch are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
5. Does it include a guide?
No guide is included in the rate. We would recommend hiring a local guide for the visit of the Abbey. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
6. What is the duration of the tour? Can we extend the time upfront with the driver?
The duration of this service is 8/9 hours including pickup and drop off at your hotel in Rome. If you would like to add extra hours to your tour, please contact our office so that we can check the driver's availability and advise the cost.
7. Is gratuity included in the price?
Tips are never included in our quotes. We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
There will be a full charge for bookings canceled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, a full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.
Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. A full charge will be made for a no-show-up.
Only pre-purchased skip-the-line tickets (if requested) are not refundable under the circumstance and will be charged to your card.
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