Place: Chiaravalle, (Alseno, Piacenza)
Year of establishment: 11th century
Related way: Via Francigena (viefrancigene.org)
Curiosities: the abbey is famous for the “Infiorata del Corpus Domini” (May/June), an event when an astounding carpet of flowers is laid down along the central nave of the basilica
Wonderful monument of medieval art, the abbey was founded in 1136 by San Bernardo in Chiaravalle, following the bishop of Piacenza Arduino’s request.
According to the Benedictine rule “Ora et labora” (pray and work), the monks gave life to an exquisite complex that was ended over the subsequent two centuries.
The 14th century-cloister is noteworthy for its perfect shapes and measured architecture, a crossroad between Romanesque and Gothic art.
It is part of the trail of Via Francigena and it offers pilgrims hospitality and refreshments with a kitchen and some beds.