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Discover the history of the Montecassino Abbey


Cassino is a city that feeds on history, culture and unspoilt nature that surrounds the area. The Abbey of Montecassino, which plays an important role in the city destroyed several times but always re-established in its splendor, is one of the destinations to discover and visit.

The Best Western Hotel Rocca, located less than 15 minutes from the beautiful abbey, is the ideal location for a visit to discover the history of the famous building and, after a long day dedicated to culture, it offers you typical menus to taste the specialties of our land.


The famous Benedictine Abbey

The Abbey of Montecassino, the epicenter of Benedictine devotion in the world and a national monument since 1866, stands on the mountain overlooking the beautiful valley of the Rapido and Liri rivers. Between the walls, the monks have transcribed the works of classical antiquity: precious documents are preserved today, such as the "Placito cassinese" first legal document in the vulgar language, the famous miniature codes and very rare incunabula.

You can visit the whole monastery and talk to monks who will tell you the history of the abbey from its origins. Also, within an information center where you can book a guided tour with industry experts for individuals, schools and groups.


The Abbey and the Second World War

The abbey was bombed several times during the Italian campaign in the Second World War and ultimately destroyed. From 17 January 1944 to 18 May 1944 during the so-called Battle of Montecassino, the Abbey saw several battles, clashes and bombings. Among them there was also the bombing from the allies who creates criticism toward the Anglo-American commands, already rebuked by bankruptcy attack the defensive German lines.


By Mattis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons