Abbazia di Fiastra
Located just south of Macerata in the Marche Region of Italy is the Abbazia di Fiastra. This is considered one of the great Cistercian abbeys founded under the wing of Clairvaux in France.
The Abbey of Clairvaux Fiastra was founded in 1147 when land was donated to the Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Clairvaux in Milan. The monks traveled from Milan and became construction of the monastery using material from the ruins of the Roman town of Urbs Salvia which was nearby.
The cloister was rebuilt in the 15th Century. The cloister is the symbol of monastic life.