A Mediaeval jewel

The Nightingale Valley is the Mediaeval name of the place where Valvisciolo Abbey is, one of the finest examples of the Middle Ages in Italy, a mix of beauty and legend.

Its foundation remains uncertain, yet it is an excellent example of Cistercian Gothic Romanesque style. Valvisciolo Abbey hosted the Templars and its story is somehow blended with their Mediaeval legend. In 1314, after burning the last Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay in the Abbey, the architraves broke. Nowadays, one can still observe Templar signs and symbols within the magnificent Mediaeval rooms of the Abbey.

Later, the Cistercian monastic order took over and it modelled the Abbey according to what a visitor can experience today, as a place of meditation and spiritual absorption. Among the most fascinating objects of the Valvisciolo Abbey, we must mention the Sator Square, a magic Latin epigraphy whose origin is still obscure. Sator Square is a palindrome, a phrase that you read forward the same as you read backwards. A unique example for its concentric structure.

sator magic magic palindrome

Nowadays, Valvisciolo Abbey maintains its charm unaltered as a unique place to be discovered. A further curiosity about this Mediaeval Abbey – it features an Art Gallery with more than 50 engravings and woodcuts by Albrecht Durer, Vincenzo Camuccini, Guido Reni, Eugène Delacroix, Luca Giordano. There is also a unique oil painting by Pomarancio.

The Nightingale Valley farmstay

Next to the marvellous Mediaeval Valvisciolo Abbey, you can visit the Nightingale Valley farmstay, borrowing the Mediaeval name of this unique natural and historical place. Far from the hustle and bustle, the city and everyday stress, the Nightingale Valley offers you a space where you can carve out a space for yourself, for the couple, for the family or for your circle of friends.

Nightingale Valley vineyard bellone sermoneta

Sleep and eat well out of Rome

Here the offer for you. We want to make you try two possible taste journeys:

i)

  • Platter of products from the nightingale valley and the territory (depending on the season) accompanied by Luscinia (Malvasia Puntinata).
  • Raviolo with nettle, buffalo and walnuts, accompanied by a white wine: Le Cesa (Bellone wine).
  • Panna cotta with rosemary with orange, ginger and cinnamon compote.

ii)

  • Platter of products from the nightingale valley and the territory (depending on the season) accompanied by Luscinia (Malvasia Puntinata).
  • Stracotto of buffalo meat, with juniper berries and laurel, accompanied by Sulmo wine (Merlot and Montepulciano).
  • Homemade olive oil ice cream.

The Nightingale Valley farmstay is part of the AIC organization (Italian Celiac Association). Menus may vary according to needs and eating styles.

Savoury and sweet breakfast with local products.

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